World Refugee Day: Millions forced to live in exile

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Jun, 2020. 08:49 pm
World Refugee Day: Millions forced to live in exile

World Refugee Day is being observed today all over the world, including Pakistan, due to war, lack of peace or other reason Pakistan has been hosting 4 million refugees for the last 4 decades.

The UN General Assembly has decided in a resolution that every year since 2001, June 20 will be celebrated as World Refugee Day, with the aim of drawing public attention to the millions of refugees who are forced to leave their homes and live as refugees in other countries.

Global wars, unrest, racial prejudice, religious tensions, political tensions and discrimination forced millions of people to live as refugees at the mercy of other countries, living in extreme poverty. They are also deprived of basic rights.

Due to the deteriorating law and order situation in Afghanistan, millions of Afghans have been refugees in Pakistan for the past 36 years. At a time when Pakistan itself is suffering from various crises including law and order, economic and energy crisis, in such a situation this large number of refugees is creating more economic problems for Pakistan.

On the other hand, the worst atrocities against Muslims in Syria, external interference and internal strife have forced more than 2 million people to migrate to other countries and those people are forced to live as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

Due to the Israeli aggression, Palestinian Muslims have also left their homeland and are forced to live in refugee camps at the mercy of other countries.

Afghanistan is the second largest refugee country after Palestine with 2.664 million refugees in other countries. More than 1.426 million Iraqis, 1.07 million Somalis and more than 500,000 Sudanese are living as refugees in other countries.

According to a report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of people migrating inland and abroad due to war and terrorism has reached 30 million, the highest ever recorded.

Also read: Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan underway

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