Donald Trump has officially closed America’s doors to some of the world’s most desperate, banning all refugees from entering the country for 90 days — and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely.
His timing could hardly be worse.
The world is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in the post–World War II era. A series of conflicts around the world, most notably but not only the Syrian civil war, has left more than 60 million people without homes or a safe place to return to.
The crisis is swamping governments around the world with huge numbers of refugees they are either unwilling or unable to take in.
Jordan, with a population of just over 6 million people, is now home to more than 600,000 Syrian refugees, which its government says it cannot afford to support indefinitely.
Turkey, with a population of 76 million, has taken in 2.5 million.
The crisis is also roiling global politics, threatening the futures of moderate leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire for taking in more than 1 million refugees (roughly 600,000 of whom are Syrians), while boosting the standing of far-right populists like Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, who has literally constructed a wall on Hungary’s border to keep out refugees.
The United Nations has also proven unable to support such a massive number of refugees, and the massive human suffering shows no signs of abating.
Don’t believe me?
The following nine maps and charts show, in very clear terms, how bad things are out there — the scale of the crisis, the reasons it’s happening now, and just how devastating American hostility to refugees can be.
The number of displaced persons is the highest it’s been since World War II
In the middle of last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees released a striking report.
It found that the number of displaced persons — people forced from their homes as a result of conflict or insecurity — has never been higher.
In fact, the report found, we haven’t seen anything like this since the Second World War (though there are a lot more people alive now than there were then).
Let that sink in for a second.
World War II is the most devastating conflict in human history, claiming more than 60 million lives.
And while no conflict today is anywhere close to that deadly, there are a lot of smaller ones going on that people in the developed world can live their days mostly ignoring.
Most of these people aren’t technically “refugees”
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