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68.5 million: the unprecedented number of people around the world who have been forced from home

44,400: people each day forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution

That's 1 person forcibly displaced every two seconds

17 years: average time of displacement

25.4 million: refugees among the displaced

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.

A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so.

51%: of refugees are children

Less than 1%: of the world's refugees are ever resettled

~102,000: refugees have been resettled through government resettlement agencies in the past 12 months

2,662: average number of refugees resettled in Houston per year in FY 2016 and 2017


  1. UNHCR
  2. Houston Resettlement Agency R&P Arrivals