Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking World Refugee Day:
"We mark this year's World Refugee Day knowing that there are now more than 50 million people displaced across the globe, the highest number since World War II. This staggering figure demands attention and the international community must do more to stem the tide of refugees, while seeking an end to conflicts around the world.
"Whether it is because of war and violence, environmental disasters, poverty, famine, or drought, millions of people across the globe are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Additionally, conflicts like the one in Syria, where more than 160,000 people have been killed, 6.5 million displaced internally, and nearly 3 million forced to flee to neighboring countries, underscore the importance of bringing an end to global strife.
"We must always remain vigilant and proactive in protecting human rights. Refugees leave because they have no choice, but we have the choice to help. As a Member of Congress and in my capacity as Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, I will continue to advocate for refugees and all those who have been displaced across the globe."