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A HOMELESS WORLD

With a huge chunk of mankind on the move, 193 countries have finally struck a deal on migrants and refugees

@PamelaFalk

FROM THE Middle East to the heart of Europe, countries are struggling to deal with a massive surge of desperate people crossing their borders, some fleeing for their lives, others escaping poverty and in search of jobs.

CRIMINAL? Migrants including Mahmoud Abd El Latif were hand-cuffed in their hospital beds after being rescued from a boat carrying 600 people that sank in the Mediterranean near Egypt in September.
EMAN HELAL/AP

The number of people forced to flee their homes is staggering. According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are 65.3 million people forcibly displaced, including 21.3 million registered refugees who have fled their home countries to escape conflict or persecution. “In addition to the refugees, there are 244 million international migrants—probably an underestimate—and if you add to them the 750 million domestic migrants, you have 1 billion people; that is 1 billion in our 7 billion world,” says William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization of Migration (IOM). “One out of every seven people on the planet is in a migratory status.”

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