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    UN estimates a record 71 million people displaced by war, violence in 2018

    The exodus from the third world into the first world is only just getting started and progressives want to take them all in until we are no different from the third world!



    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-glo...port-1.5164756

    UN estimates a record 71 million people displaced by war, violence in 2018

    Millions have fled Syria and Venezuela, while Ethiopia has seen massive movement within its borders


    The Associated Press · Posted: Jun 19, 2019 9:07 AM ET


    A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than two million from last year and an overall total that would amount to the world's 20th most populous country.

    The annual Global Trends report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people at the end of 2018.

    The figures, released ahead of World Refugee Day on Thursday, are bound to add fuel to a debate at the intersection of international law, human rights and domestic politics, especially the movement in some countries, including the U.S., against immigrants and refugees.

    Launching the report, the high commissioner, Filippo Grandi, had a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders, calling it "damaging" to depict migrants and refugees as threats to jobs and security in host countries. Often, they are fleeing insecurity and danger themselves, he said.

    The report also puts a statistical skeleton onto often-poignant individual stories of people struggling to survive by crossing rivers, deserts, seas, fences and other barriers, natural and man-made, to escape government oppression, gang killings, sexual abuse, militia murders and other such violence at home.

    Yet another year, another dreadful record has been beaten. Behind these figures, people like you and me are making dangerous trips that they never wanted to make, because of threats to their safety and most basic rights.

    - Jon Cerezo, campaign manager, Oxfam

    UNHCR said 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of last year, up from about 68.5 million in 2017 — and nearly a 65 per cent increase from a decade ago. Among them, nearly three in five people — or more than 41 million — are displaced within their home countries.

    Of those who leave their home country, about 80 per cent are in an adjacent country.

    "The global trends, once again unfortunately, go in what I would say is the wrong direction," Grandi told reporters in Geneva. "There are new conflicts, new situations, producing refugees, adding themselves to the old ones. The old ones never get resolved."

    The phenomenon is growing in both size and duration. Some four-fifths of the "displacement situations" have lasted more than five years. After eight years of war in Syria, for instance, its people continue to make up the largest population of forcibly displaced people, at some 13 million.

    After Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar, with the Rohingya population, also are large sources of refugee populations.

    Amid runaway inflation and political turmoil at home, Venezuelans for the first time accounted for the largest number of new asylum-seekers in 2018, totalling more than 340,000 — or more than one in five worldwide last year. Asylum-seekers receive international protection as they await acceptance or rejection of their requests for refugee status.

    UNHCR said that its figures are "conservative" and that Venezuela masks a potentially longer-term trend.
    Neighbours straining with Venezuelan influx, official warns

    Some four million people are known to have left the South American country in recent years. Many of those have travelled freely to Peru, Colombia and Brazil, but only about one-eighth have sought formal international protection, and the outflow continues, suggesting the strains on the welcoming countries could worsen.

    Grandi predicted a continued "exodus" from Venezuela and appealed for donors to provide more development assistance to the region.

    "Otherwise these countries will not bear the pressure anymore and then they have to resort to measures that will damage refugees," he said. "We are in a very dangerous situation."

    The United States, meanwhile, remains the "largest supporter of refugees" in the world, Grandi said in an interview. The U.S. is the biggest single donor to UNHCR. He also credited local communities and advocacy groups in the United States for helping refugees and asylum-seekers in the country.

    But the refugee agency chief noted long-term administrative shortcomings that have given the United States the world's biggest backlog of asylum claims, at nearly 719,000. More than a quarter-million claims were added last year.

    Over 4 million have fled Venezuela in recent years: UN migration agency

    UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Central American migrants from Mexico

    Peru, Germany, France and Turkey received the most asylum applications after the U.S. last year.

    Turkey hosted the largest number of refugees for the fifth consecutive year, at 3.7 million, followed by Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan and Germany.

    Grandi decried recent rhetoric that has been hostile to migrants and refugees.

    "In America, just like in Europe actually and in other parts of the world, what we are witnessing is an identification of refugees — but not just refugees, migrants as well — with people that take away jobs, that threaten our security, our values," Grandi said. "And I want to say to the U.S. administration — to the president — but also to the leaders around the world: This is damaging."

    He said many people leaving Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador through Mexico have faced violence by gangs and suffered from "the inability of these governments to protect their own citizens."
    Ethiopia a 'forgotten crisis'

    At more than 1.5 million, Ethiopians comprised the largest population of newly displaced people — nearly all internally — last year, prompting the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council to decry a "forgotten crisis" in the east African country, where ethnic clashes have forced many to flee.

    "We need a 180-degree shift in attitudes," said NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland." Wealthier nations must share the heavy lifting, dig deep and support generous countries like Ethiopia to ease the human suffering of millions fleeing from conflict worldwide."

    The UNHCR report noted that, by far, the most refugees are taken in in the developing world, not wealthy countries.

    The figures marked the seventh consecutive year that the number of people forcibly displaced has risen.

    "Yet another year, another dreadful record has been beaten," said Jon Cerezo of British charity Oxfam. "Behind these figures, people like you and me are making dangerous trips that they never wanted to make, because of threats to their safety and most basic rights."
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    The UN has admitted that socialism is a form of violence?
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    How can there be war and violence? The UN was created to stop that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forbes/Hutton View Post
    How can there be war and violence? The UN was created to stop that.
    Yeah, but more importantly think about it for a minute, without any war or violence for them to fix we would not need or have a UN, now would we?

    It's the same with the police, without a steady and growing crime problem we would not need our expensive and always growing police forces!

    That's why so many police forces around the world hate it when the public is able to deal with crime or defend themselves without their boys in blue and their taxpayer funded bloated budgets.

    Politicians love having police too as they use them to raise needed revenue from a always expanding list of newly created crimes that they can levy fines from.

    Hard to imagine we never had any police forces until they were first created in London, England in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel, a Minister of Parliament who served as Home Secretary for the United Kingdom in the 1820s.

    Before the establishment of police forces, individual citizens were largely responsible for maintaining law and order among themselves. Those who served as chief constables and justices of the peace did so voluntarily and were not typically paid for their services. They did it out of a belief in civic duty and desire to help keep the peace and maintain good order in their towns and villages.

    In 1829, Peel established the Metropolitan Police Services in London. With the founding of London's police force, Peel became widely regarded by criminologists and historians alike as the father of modern policing. British police officers are still known affectionately as "Bobbies" in honor of his first name, Robert.

    Principles of Policing: The Why and How

    The "Peelian Principles," as they are often called, insisting that:

    The purpose of the police force is to prevent crime and maintain order.
    Police depend on the approval and trust of the public to effectively do their jobs.
    The ultimate goal of policing is to achieve voluntary compliance with the law in the community.
    Police must be unwavering in their duties and adherence to the law, maintaining impartiality and avoiding the temptation to be swayed by public opinion.
    The use of force and physical control is to be used as a last resort, only when other forms of persuasion have failed.

    Police officers must remember that they, too, are members of the public and that their purpose is to serve and protect the public.
    The true measure of the effectiveness of any police force is not the number of arrests or police actions taken, but the absence of criminal conduct and violations of the law.

    Gaining Public Support for Police

    Peel's efforts were very effective in assuaging public fears and concerns. In addition to the principles of policing, Peel and his supporters took other measures to ensure that there was a clear distinction between professional police officers and the military. Police wore blue uniforms in contrast to the bright red of the Royal armed forces. They were forbidden to carry guns, and at all times the importance of maintaining the public trust was impressed upon members of the force.

    My how things have changed!
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    Oo how have things changed in the last 60 years that I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1917 Enfield View Post
    Before the establishment of police forces, individual citizens were largely responsible for maintaining law and order among themselves. Those who served as chief constables and justices of the peace did so voluntarily and were not typically paid for their services. They did it out of a belief in civic duty and desire to help keep the peace and maintain good order in their towns and villages.

    I'd imagine there was a wee bit o' corruption with that...
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    only 71 million? no problem, bring em all here, we have lots of room. right, justin?
    then your population target will be met in one fell swoop, endless supplies of liberal voters, etc etc
    i can hardly wait for that nirvana to come
    in that light suddenly mexico is looking attractive

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    71 million in 2018? Hardly. 71 million since they began keeping track, maybe.
    "It is an absolute truism that law-abiding, armed citizens pose no threat to other law-abiding citizens."

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