by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
Last year, according to the UN, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide. “If these 65.3 million persons were a nation,” says the UN’s Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015, “they would make up the 21st largest in the world.”
Of this 65.3 million, roughly 40 million were displaced in their own countries, and the remaining 24 or so million were refugees and asylum seekers who left their home countries, on the hunt for greener pastures.
Focusing on Syria for a moment, where most of the turmoil is happening…
Currently, over 50% of the population has been displaced (as a result of many factions at play in the conflict), 95% of them ending up in these five countries: