Hunger increases immigration flow, armed conflict

ROME, May 06 (MNA) – The World Food Program (WFP) indicated that there is close link between the increased hunger, the immigration flow and armed conflict.

According to a research issued here by the United Nations WFP, the amount of people leaving a country increases by 1.9 percent for each percent of food insecurity.

The report also said that people leaving the country due to conflicts increased by 0.4 percent, which means that a nation with increased levels of food insecurity and conflicts will have more displaced people.

The WFP research said that the lack of food is an important cause for the presence and intensity of armed conflicts. To prevent further displacement of people and reduce immigration flow, the WFP suggested in the research that the international community should invest in food security and ways of living in the community from which people flee or nearby, as well as boosting social-economic development.

In what is considered to be WFP largest refugee operation, this program supports nearly 2.2 million Syrians with greater vulnerability sheltered in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.

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