Introduction – Working Together to See Further: European and African Perspectives on Refugees and Forced Migrants Compared
According to the UNHCR (2018), there are currently 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide; 28,300 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution (UNHCR 2018) – the highest number since the end of World War II. These figures show that while arrivals at European shores may be in decline, forced migration continues to be one of the most pressing issues of our time. Conflicts involving non-state actors not bound by international law, natural catastrophes and exploitation of the environment, and persecution on the grounds of political, ethnic, religious or other affiliation are just some of the reasons why people have to flee their homelands.
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