People love their land but they love their lives more. They flee war, famine and persecution, taking risks sometimes deadlier than the ones they flee - a bitter reality now on display in a shaper relief than ever before. In 2014, there were 51.2 million refugees as compared to 37.5 million a decade ago, says the UNHCR's annual Global Trend Report released last week. On average, 42,500 people became refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced every day during the past year, the report said. Of these hapless people Turkey hosts the largest number, nearly 2 million, of whom Syrians are the biggest in number. Pakistan, the second in that order, is still having nearly a million and a half of Afghan refugees on its soil, as the lingering instability in their homeland tends to impede their speedy return. The number of fleeing refugees who perish before making to their dreamlands is several thousands. There is no dearth of reports on ships carrying illegal migrants from Libya being sunk in the Mediterranean and Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar being starved to death at sea. Barring a few exceptions they are never welcomed in their dreamlands, a reality that moved Pope Francis to tears. He slammed hostility towards migrants, as he said "It brings tears to one's eyes to see spectacle of these days, in which human beings have been treated like merchandise". But that would hardly impress Nobel laureate Aung Sun Sui Kyi - she won't risk her political future in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar by disapproving persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Of the present refugee population nearly two-thirds are the internally displaced by conflict or forced out of their homes and hearths by natural disasters like earthquake, flood and drought. The rest have fled their countries fearing for the lives or as economic migrants to escape deprivation generated by warlike conditions.