More than 100 million people displaced in the world, the highest ever recorded by UNHCR

More than 100 million people in the world are forcibly displaced, the highest record the United Nations Refugee Agency ever recorded.

People flee the military offensive in Ukraine
People flee the military offensive in Ukraine. Border crossing point between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine on 3 March 2022 | UN Women

According to new data released by the UN Refugee Agency, more than 100 million people in the world are forcibly displaced.

This is more than 1% of the world population who is forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution.

It is the first time the UNHCR records such a high figure which should “serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflicts, end persecution, and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes,” said in a statement UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

The 100 million people displaced include refugees and asylum seekers as well as people displaced inside their borders by conflict.

At the end of 2021, there were already 90 million people unwillingly displaced because of “new waves of violence or protracted conflict” in countries including Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In addition, the war in Ukraine has displaced 8 million people within the country this year and more than 6 million refugee movements from Ukraine have been registered.

Costa Rica also received a record number of refugee applications from Nicaragua in 2021. Syrians and Venezuelans are still some of the largest populations with forced human migration.

The international response to the displacement of the Ukrainian population “has been overwhelmingly positive,” Grandi added. He calls for similar mobilization for all crises around the world, “but ultimately, humanitarian aid is a palliative, not a cure. To reverse this trend, the only answer is peace and stability so that innocent people are not forced to gamble between acute danger at home or precarious flight and exile.”

Among the 100 million people forced to flee violence, 53% have been displaced inside their borders by conflict, according to the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2022.

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