An NPR article called people leaving their homelands, “refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people,” and the latest report by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, says that the number of these various groups represents more than 65 million people.
In fact, according the UN, as of December 2015 there were 65.3 million displaced people. This number has a distinction, as it’s the first time in the organization’s history the number has surpassed 60 million, going well over 60 million in fact to the 65+ million. That’s almost a 10 percent increase over the previous bad year.
Just for frame of reference, look at the raw numbers.
- 2014 – 46.6 million
- 2012 – 28.2 million
- 2010 – 25.2 million
- 2008 – 24.9 million
- 2006 – 22.6 million
- 2004 – 15.0 million
- 2002 – 15.2 million
- 2000 – 18.1 million
- 1998 – 16.5 million
Based on this chart, under Clinton, there were an average of 17 million people on the run. Under Bush, the number dropped for a couple of years, then averaged 23 million. Under Obama, the world is not safe, as there were a jump the first couple of years, the average beig around 26.5 million. But in the last years of Obama’s presidency, we are looking at a jump from the 20+ millions to 50+ million.
This is not a coincidence, as Obama’s policies have weakened America’s presence in the world. When America is weak, the world suffers.They say that if the world’s displaced people were their own nation, it would be larger than the United Kingdom. Even more interesting is that the majority of these people fleeing, are fleeing Muslim countries.
An escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, ongoing violence in northern Nigeria and persistent conflict in Colombia have contributed to the rising number of internally displaced persons, while the war in Syria drove an increase in refugees.
Three countries — Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — accounted for more than half of the refugees under the UN’s mandate.
According to the UN report, one in every 113 people on Earth has now been driven from their home by persecution, conflict and violence or human rights violations. Yet in America we are arguing about guns. In most of these countries, they have strict gun laws.
One can only speculate if things would be different if these people had been armed. The United States may very well get the opportunity to find out.