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dateline: 21 June 2017

UN Reports Record Number of Displaced People

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • refugee: a person who flees his/her nation and tries to become a citizen of another nation
  • displaced: forced to leave one’s home region due to conflict or other disasters
  • confirm: to express that something is true or real
  • internally: within something
  • host: to receive others in one’s home, establishment, or region

UN Reports Record Number of Displaced People

The UN Refugee Agency a report this week ahead of World Refugee Day (June 20) confirming that there are more displaced people in the world than ever before. Over 65 people around the world are currently displaced. Many have fled to safer places internally in their own , while others have crossed and become refugees. At least 12 million of the displaced people in the world are from Syria. A variety of countries are hosting the refugees, including Turkey, Pakistan, and Uganda. By releasing these numbers, the UN hopes that wealthy nations will do more to help promote peace and refugees.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was the timing of the UN report significant?
  2. What does the report say about Syrians?
  3. What was the UN’s goal in releasing these numbers?

Discussion Questions: What can wealthy nations do to help prevent people from having to flee their own countries and seek refugee status?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on UN Reports Record Number of Displaced People

  1. Alberto says:

    I have no doubt that fostering fair trade among nations some of them wouldn’t be so poor and its people wouldn’t have to flee them.

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Firstly, thanks for this news report.

    Secondly, I hope our world can see peace everywhere because I believe that the wars are the main factor for creating displaced people.

    Thirdly, I think when news reports are small I can understand the words better and faster. In addition, I don’t get tired too.

    Thank you and best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

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