The United Nations stated that less than 5% of refugees needing relocation in Western nations found their new homes. This statement from the UN came at a time when the US drastically reduced its acceptance of dislodged people under the order of the US President.
The UNHCR stated on Tuesday that in 2018 the United States received 17,113 resettled expatriates, leading 27 nations who resettled a total of 55,692 emigrants under programs managed by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
However, the figure came down from Washington’s accommodating of 24,559 resettled emigrants in 2017, which was Trump’s first year in office, and 78,761 in 2016, the last complete year of the Obama administration, according to the figures presented by the UNHCR.
The general total of resettled refugees last year was 10,000 fewer than in 2017 and less than half of the 126,291 in 2016.
Canada was the second highest accepting nation last year with 7,713 resettled emigrants, and was followed by Britain (5,702), France (5,109) and Sweden (4,861).
In spite of record levels of worldwide forced deportation, just 4.7% of global refugee resettlement needs were met in 2018, according to UNHCR spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo. Mantoo even stated that Syrian refugees living in nations across the Middle East and Turkey accounted for 28,174, or over one-third of the complete 81,310 refugees referred by UNHCR to resettlement nations last year for application.
Emigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Afghanistan followed, many of them fled from violence and torture. Mantoo stated that resettlement is a life saving tool to establish the safety and security of those who are at risk. It was even stated that a concrete mechanism for governments and communities across the world is to share responsibility.