chapter  12
Refugees and Conflict Diffusion
BySeraina Rüegger
Pages 12

Forced displacement is currently at an all-time recorded high. The latest statistics show global totals of 21.3 million refugees and 65.3 million internally displaced persons as of December 2015 (UNHCR 2016a). These uprooted people suffer immensely, in terms of both their exposure to the circumstances that prompt displacement and what they face as a result of displacement. At the same time, displaced populations pose major challenges for sending and receiving countries, as well as for the international community.