[QODLink]
INSIDE STORY
The plight of the displaced
As Refugee Day is marked, a growing number of people are being forcibly displaced.
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2010 15:37 GMT

Last year saw the highest number of displaced people worldwide in decades according to the Global Trends report released by the United Nation's High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

New or renewed outbreaks of armed conflict across the globe have forced more people to leave their homes.
 
The report's release coincides with what is being called a "humanitarian castastrophe" in Central Asia. 

The current conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan has left many dead and wounded, and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Uzbekistan.

More than 100,000 people are expected to be displaced. Uzbek officials say they have already registered over 45,000 refugees and cannot accommodate any more.
 
What is behind an apparent increase in the number of refugees? And how should the world act to address their plight?

Joining the programme are Adrian Edwards, the UN's refugee agency chief spokesperson, Bjarte Vandvik, the secretary-general of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and Richard Whittel from the Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.