The UK's role in the international refugee protection system: June 2015

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Refugee Council
Refugee Council
Date of publication
23 June 2015
RefCo; June15
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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At the end of 2014 the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide had risen to 59.5 million, 8.3 million more than at the end of 2013, and 14.3 million more than at the end of 2012.

The increased numbers reflect the ongoing crises in Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia but also in 2014 conflicts in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and Iraq, among others.

The combined number of refugees and internally displaced persons protected or assisted by UNHCR rose by 11 million, reaching a record high of 46.7 million by the end of 2014.

This briefing provides statistics on the resettlement of refugees from these countries in the UK. It also describes the actions of the ‘Under the Gateway Protection Programme’ which settles refugees in the UK separately from the standard procedure, and details measures taken to intercept inadequately documented passengers at transit points.