The current global population of displaced persons tops 65 million, a level not seen since World War II.
In 2015, 24 people on average were displaced from their homes every minute of every day. Displaced people face economic hardship, the risk of exploitation, and the denial of fundamental human rights while global aid agencies and host countries must cope with strained resources.
With the average duration of protracted refugee situations currently at 26 years, refugees often remain displaced long after the immediate conflict or disaster that caused them to leave their homes. Without assistance, they may face sustained discrimination and marginalization. Refugees are at risk of violence, chronic hunger, and other challenges facing people living in extreme poverty.
Despite these many challenges, recent studies have shown that refugees can be productive contributors to the economy of host countries. To help refugees become economically active in their host countries, Trickle Up and the Livelihoods Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been piloting the Graduation Approach to build sustainable livelihoods for refugees and other displaced populations.
Photo Credit: Sebastian Rich/UNHCR
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