Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Sunday 24th February
 
According to new statistics, some 41.9 million babies were killed, worldwide, before birth in 2018. In other words, for every 33 live births, ten children were aborted. This comes as news that Down's syndrome abortions in England and Wales are up by 50%. Latest figures reveal around 92% of Down's pregnancies result in abortion.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 4th January 2019
 
At least half of the more than 1.35 billion people in the world living in poverty are children. That is one of the key findings of the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).
World IssuesChurch Times – 28th September 2018
 
More Migrants from eight eastern European countries are now leaving the UK than coming for the first time since the nations joined the EU in 2004, official figures show. Estimated net long-term migration from the so-called EU8 states including Poland and Czech Republic has dropped sharply since the Brexit vote. A similar downward trend has occurred for other groups of EU states, bringing overall EU net migration down to around 87,000.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 24th August 2018
 
While 69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and less than 21% of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850 Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement, a mere eleven were Christians, representing just 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees accepted by the UK.
World IssuesSword – September/October 2018]
 
Net migration from the EU to the UK has fallen to its lowest level in nearly five years, official figures show. An estimated 101,000 more people from the bloc arrived than left in 2017, according to the first data for a full calendar years since the Brexit vote. The latest figure is the lowest for any 12-month period since the year to March 2013, when it stood at 95,000.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 17th July 2018
 
Hungary has approved a constitutional amendment making it more difficult for refugees to gain asylum and passed legislation which threatens people helping asylum seekers with up to a year in prison.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 21st June 2018
 
In 2017 the number of euthanasia cases in Belgium increased by fourteen per cent according to an official report by the federal control and evaluation committee.

Key Findings:

In 2016/17 there were 4,337 deaths.
3 children under the age of 18 were euthanised
710 patients had conditions such as sight loss or incontinence
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 27th July 2018
 
More than half of all child refugees remain in their home countries, research by World Vision suggests. The charity’s report On the Road to Somewhere suggests that the UK, and other wealthy countries, are not committing enough funding to the needs of those 16 million internally displaced children. Among the recommendations is “empowering children as agents of peace”.
World IssuesChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
There were 1,523 medically assisted deaths in Canada in the last six-month reporting period — a nearly 30 per cent increase over the previous six months. Cancer was the most common underlying medical condition in reported assisted death cases.
World IssuesCBC - June 21st 2018 (CARE Impact Direct - June 22nd 2018)
 
A new annual report on the death penalty has called sub-Saharan Africa a “beacon of hope” amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International said. Just two countries in the region, Somalia and South Sudan, carried out executions last year. Executions worldwide dropped again in 2017, with at least 993 recorded in 23 countries – down 4% from the year before and down 39% from 2015.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 13th April 2018
 
Twenty years after the United Nations first laid out the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), millions are still languishing in “protracted crises” without the funding to meet their basic humanitarian needs, William Lacy Swing, the head of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration, said on Tuesday. The number of IDPs had almost doubled since 1998, to 40 million.
World IssuesChurch Times - 20th April 2018
 
Newborn babies in low-income, underdeveloped or conflict-ridden countries are dying at an “alarmingly high rate”, owing to a lack of affordable, quality health-care, nutrition and clean water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. In a new report, Every Child Alive: The urgent need to end newborn death, UNICEF states that 2.6 million newborn babies around the world do not survive their first month of life: of these, one million die on the day that they are born.
World IssuesChurch Times - 23rd February 2018
 
The leaders of 44 African Countries have signed up to one of the world’s largest free-trade deals, creating a single market of 1.2 billion people. The African Continental Free Trade Area, signed on 21 March in Kigali, Rwanda, puts the countries into a single trading bloc. This would be the largest created since the World Trade Organization in 1995.
World IssuesChurch Times – 6 April 2018
 
Pakistan is the riskiest country for newborns, the UN children’s agency said. Of every 1,000 infants born, 46 dies at birth.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 February 2018
 
According to the latest report from Oregon State in the US, 143 had an assisted suicide death last year. As in previous years, a significant proportion (55%) of those opting for assisted suicide cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as one of the reasons for their decision.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 16th February 2018
 
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