Global migration and refugee crisis  

What is the global refugee crisis?

There are now 70.8 million forcibly displaced people around the world—more than at any time in modern history. These are people who have fled extreme dangers, whether to escape relentless bombing, an invading army, gang violence, or other life-threatening circumstances.

Those who have been uprooted from their homes often face further struggles on their journey to find safety, including lack of access to essential needs like clean water, food, shelter, personal security, and health care.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical care to refugees and displaced people all over the world. Increasingly, we see that people on the move are trying to survive not just the harrowing challenges of migration itself, but the harmful deterrence policies put in place by governments trying to keep out migrants and asylum seekers at all costs.

How does MSF help displaced people?

MSF works in a number of countries that have experienced massive population shifts due to conflict, including SyriaIraqAfghanistanSouth Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Our teams are responding to a humanitarian crisis in Central America, providing medical and mental health care to tens of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing extreme violence in El SalvadorHonduras, and Guatemala and in transit through Mexico. And we’re caring for large numbers of displaced people in the world’s leading host countries for refugees, including PakistanBangladeshJordanLebanonUganda, and Ethiopia.