“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1
For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said on June 20, 2014.
Syrians fleeing the bloodletting at home and a fast-growing web of other crises across the world accounted for the spike in the displaced, the UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report:
- Syrian Refugees Top 3 million, Half of all Syrians Displaced. Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said, Reuters.
- Syrians (constituted the largest group seeking asylum in 2013 for the first time), Russia and Afghanistan have also the largest numbers of people fleeing their homelands to seek asylum, and most are turning to Europe, the report said.
- Fleeing Iraqis Join Large Tide of Displaced People