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February 19, 2009

Refugees, climate and economics: Guterres

Filed under: Climate change,refugee — Nayano @ 9:20 am
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres briefed the UN Security Council last week about the increasing pressures on the UNHCR.

IN 2006, when Guterres last briefed the Security Council, refugee numbers were the lowest they had been in 25 years. This has changed dramatically, with numbers now at 11 million.

Guterres said that this has mostly been due to the conflicts in Iraq and Somalia. Crises stretching from south and south-west Asia, through the Middle East to Sudan, Chad and the Horn of Africa – account for about two-thirds of the world’s refugees.

The causes of forced displacement have become even more complex and interrelated, and exacerbated by climate change and now by the impact on the developing world of the current global economic recession. UNHCR News


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