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  • Today, 426 million children live in conflict zones across the world.  
  • In Ukraine alone, a child has become a refugee almost every single second of the year-long war.
  • Since our founding in 1919, Save the Children has worked tirelessly to provide refugees with life-saving assistance.

15.3 million people in Syria, including 7 million children, need of humanitarian aid

97% of the population in Syria live below the poverty line

Syria is the third least peaceful country in the world according to the Global Peace Index (GPI)

What Is a Refugee and Other Child Refugee FAQs

Facts About Refugees Around the World

As the world is now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, here are some things to know about refugees.

  • Half of the world's refugees are children
  • The UN has said that the Ukraine refugee crisis caused the fastest and largest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. 
  • In Syria alone, more than 6.8 million people have fled, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond.
  • More than 4 million Venezuelans are displaced abroad.
  • Brutal conflict in South Sudan has forced more than 2 million South Sudanese refugees to flee in a desperate bid to reach safety.
  • In Lebanon, where more than 1 million Syrian refugees reside, approximately 70% of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line.
  • Over the past three years, more than 75,000 children have been born in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar.
  • About 30% of refugees arriving through the Balkans are children, while roughly 25% of these children are unaccompanied. 
  • Nearly half of all refugee children are out of school, a figure likely worsened by the COVID pandemic.
  • Less than 1% of all refugees are ever able to resettle and find a new life in safety and security.

Why Is Helping Refugees Important?

As, the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, Save the Children helps more children in crisis recover and return to learning than any other global humanitarian organization.

Munguiko*, 14, takes part in activities at the Save the Children space in Rwamwanja refugee settlement.

Munguiko*, 14, takes part in activities at a Save the Children space in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we are living in an extremely interconnected world and must focus on the fate of everyone around the world, especially our children.

Girls and refugee children stand to suffer the most from the harmful impacts of COVID-19. Rohingya refugee children in Cox’s Bazaar and children living in war-torn Syria already had difficulty accessing health services and continuing their studies prior to COVID-19. 

Now, this unprecedented disruption to children's education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever, with girls, refugees, and internally displaced children most affected. 

With 26 million men, women, and children now forced to flee their home countries due to conflict and persecution, it's more important than ever to take action to help improve the lives of refugees. 

The United States has long been a leader in resettling refugees. We demonstrate our best as a nation, uphold our values, and lead by example when we welcome refugees.

* Name changed for protection.

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