From the mass exodus of refugees out of Myanmar and South Sudan to escalating returns of Afghans and threats to send back Syrians, refugees faced a crisis of resources and institutions in 2017. We look back at some of the major developments this year.
The political crisis over refugees faced high stakes in 2017. The rise of populist and nativist politics in Europe and the U.S. threatened to distract from or roll back efforts to reform aid and refugee and migration governance agreed a year earlier. Politicians focused instead on closing migration routes and stepping up migrant returns.
Even so, the number of people displaced continued to rise, albeit more slowly than in earlier years of the Syrian war. The rapid exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar and ongoing mass displacement of South Sudanese exposed once again the need for more resources and new thinking in response to crises. Meanwhile, regime advances in the Syrian war emboldened leaders in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. to escalate demands for Syrians to return.
Here’s a look back at the most significant developments that relate to refugees in 2017.
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