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THE FACTS

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. (UNHCR)

 

There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. (UNHCR)

 

In a world where nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution (UNHCR) 

 

More than 4 million refugees from Syria (95%) are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. (Amnesty International)

The European Union devised a system to relocate 160,000 people in need of protection.  On September 10th 2015, Ireland opted in and committed to relocate and resettle up to 4,000 people but since then just 311 refugees have arrived. (Irish Refugee Council 7th September 2016)

 

Ireland needs a more coherent effort between the government, and civil society organisations to ensure relocation and resettlement takes place in the best way possible and far faster between now and the end of 2017. (Irish Refugee Council 7th September 2016)