Simon Hughes MP President of the Liberal Democrats

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02 November 2006

'The State of the World's Refugees examines refugees, post-war tthe present day (it includes Darfur). A mixture of prose and statistics, thtext asks who is moving where, how they are protected, and about the impact onatural disasters such as tsunamis. Are people moving from one developincountry to another, or to a better country? Why are they doing it? What ilikely to happen in future, and how do we plan for it
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This isn't a picture of despair. The global number of refugees has droppein the past 15 years to just over nine million in 2004; and of these fewer thaa million are asylum-seekers. Many more people have gone back than are knockinon the door. The number of armed conflicts in the past 15 years has decline(13 have been settled in the past five years), and the number of autocratiregimes has also fallen dramatically.
 
The number of migrants ideveloped countries, however, has increased. In such countries, ten per cent othe population are migrants, but in developing countries they are one per centOne in four Londoners is a migrant or a descendant of one. The money thapeople send home comes to significantly more than all the foreign aid. Shelping people do well abroad is a better way of supporting the economy bachome.
 
Asylum-seeking in Europe has declined massively in the pasfew years. In the league table, the UK is 28th out of 40 countries (15 pe1000, whereas Armenia has 78 per1000).
 
This is a readable boothat draws conclusions and gives a vision for the future.'

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesThe State of the World's Refugees, OUP, 16.9915.30)0-19-929095-4.
 

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