year, millions of people across the globe are forced to flee disasters,
primarily floods, storms, and other acute, weather-related events. As
the effects of global climate change continue to unfold, more extreme
weather, growing food insecurity, and other drivers of displacement will
only increase. But
with numerous conflicts raging around the globe and unprecedented
numbers of refugees in urgent need of assistance, convincing governments
to extend international protection to a new category of persons – so
called “climate refugees” – has proven extremely challenging and, for
multiple reasons, may not represent the best way forward.
The southeast provinces of Turkey, on the Syrian border, are home to
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Most of these refugees are struggling to get by and trying to avoid having
to go into a camp. The Turkish government is in the process of
registering Syrians, but those who have not yet become “official” are
not eligible for government assistance.
In September 2013, fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a Muslim rebel group in the port city of Zamboanga on Mindanao forced 120,000 people - primarily minority Muslims - to flee. More than a year later, tens of thousands remain displaced, living in deplorable conditions.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.