For many refugees and migrants, Europe begins in the deserts of Niger and Mali. From those countries, the routes snake north, through Libya, or sometimes with an abrupt swing left through Algeria and back into Libya. That’s how the smugglers try to avoid increased vigilance on the Niger-Libya border to slow the flow.
In its annual Global Trends report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017 — a record high.
UNHCR Canada is calling for support of LGBTQ refugees while showing solidarity with individuals forced to flee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.