Children in the World Refugee Crisis Toolkit

We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis the world has seen since World War II. Worldwide displacement has reached a staggering all-time high as war and persecution relentlessly rage on in too many places around the world. The ongoing wars in Syria, and also conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa, to name a few, are the main reasons behind this crisis.  Among these refugees, half are children. Half are the most vulnerable people in our society that are being robbed of their development and education. By losing these human rights, these millions of children could become a lost generation.

Fast Facts

  • More than 68.5 million people are displaced around the world, a staggering all-time high. (UNHCR, 2017)
  • If the more than 60 million forcibly uprooted were a country, it would be the world’s 24th largest nation. (UNHCR, 2015)
  • 1 in 110 humans is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. (UNHCR, 2017)
  • 52% of refugees are children, under the age of 18. (UNHCR, 2017)
  • More than 1 in 3 refugees entering the European Union are children. (UNICEF, 2015)
  • In 2017, 3,139 people died or went missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. (UNHCR 2018)
  • The migrant crisis, by the numbers. (NPR)
  • For the most current updates go to HRW’s Refugee Program: recent news, dispatches and reports!

Take Action

  • Host a screening of “Salam Neighbor”

Background Materials

New! Testimonies from Refugees

Children in the World Refugee Crisis Fact Sheet

 Recent HRW Refugee Reports:

The Choices Program – Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis

Why Learn About Refugees

1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Refugee Glossary

Choices Program What are Refugees screenshot


Seeking Asylum” – 60 Minutes video (with commercials)

War and Hunger” – 60 Minutes video (with commercials)

What Would You Bring?” – backpack exercise instructions and slideshow


Stay up to date on the global refugee crisis with the STF Weekly Updates

New York Times – At a Refugee Camp in Jordan, Lives are in Limbo

UNHCR – Worldwide Displacement Hits All-Time High

Huffington Post – Chasing Refugee Crises, Then Forgetting

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