Desperate Migration in the Middle East. YaleGlobal. Joseph Chami. July 9, 2015.
Conflict in the Middle East is driving millions of people from their homes: Estimates from the UN Refugee Agency suggest that more than 4 million Syrians are refugees, 50,000 more have sought asylum and at least 7 million more are internally displaced. In Iraq, near 2 million are displaced. Hundreds of thousands more flee Libya and Yemen, and 5 million Palestinians are eligible for services from the UN Relief and Works Agency. One out of three residents in Lebanon and Jordan are refugees. Such “migration erodes the economies, social fabric, security and administrative capacities of most of the countries in a volatile region with consequences spilling into Europe, especially through illegal, hazardous migratory flows that too often result in the tragic loss of human lives,” explains demographer Joseph Chamie. The record numbers are compounded by many fleeing poverty for opportunity in Europe. Pressures on the Mediterranean region will intensify as populations of Africa and some nations of the Middle East are expected to double by 2050. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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