The award-winning series is back as the UNCHR releases figures showing a record-breaking number of refugees.
By
Dr David Corlett , Kenneth Macleod

24 Jul 2015 - 11:53 AM  UPDATED 29 Jul 2015 - 9:21 AM

As Australian asylum seeker policy makes headlines and the UNHCR releases record-breaking refugee figures, Go Back To Where You Came From returns.

This season, you will meet Ammar and Sanaa Mershed and their three children. 

Here is an exclusive sneak peek from the brand new series which begins next week: 

The highest level ever recorded

Almost ten years since the Mersheds fled their home in 2006, the plight of millions of other refugees around the world remains a global humanitarian crisis. Last month, the UNHCR reported a record number of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Not only are there unprecedented numbers of displaced persons in the world today; the rate of increase is also the highest on record.

In 2014 there were 59.5 million people who had been forcibly displaced: nearly 19.5 million refugees, 1.8 million asylum seekers and 38.2 million ‘internally displaced persons’ were forced to flee their home or lived in exhile.

There are 8.3 million more displaced persons in the world today than there were a year ago, and now more than 42,500 people are forced to flee their homes every day, a four-fold increase in just four years, according to the UNHCR.

The massive numbers of displaced people are the result, in part, of the ongoing war in Syria and the continuing conflict in Iraq

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said that the world is slipping into "an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before."

Explore this ongoing humanitarian crisis through the eyes of the Mershed family and their Australian guests.

Go Back to Where You Came From airs across three consecutive nights: 

Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 July, at 8.30pm on SBS.

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