More than 100 million forcibly displaced people: UN


The number of people displaced worldwide as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine has surpassed 100 million for the first time, the United Nations said on Monday.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said: “The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution has crossed the astonishing milestone of 100 million for the first time in history because of the Ukraine war and other deadly conflicts.” refugee agency.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says violence in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan and many other countries has resulted in large numbers of forcibly displaced people worldwide. Photo: AFP / Daniel Bellumu Olomo

UNHCR said in a statement that an “amazing” figure should shake the world, end conflict and force a record number of people to flee their homes.

The number of forcibly displaced persons has risen to 90 million by the end of 2021 due to violence in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and since then more than 8 million people have fled Ukraine and more than 6 million refugees have fled across the border.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, more than 8 million people have become internally displaced, and more than 6 million refugees have had to cross borders for safety. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 8 million people have become internally displaced, and more than 6 million refugees have had to cross borders for safety. Photo: AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF

unhcr chief filippo grandi said the response to UNHCR Secretary-General Filippo Grandi said the response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis was “overwhelmingly positive” and called for similar mobilization in other crises around the world. Photo: AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

UNHCR Secretary-General Filippo Grandi said, “The figure of 100 million is cold and at the same time astonishing. It is a record that should never be set.”

“This should serve as a wake-up call to addressing and preventing destructive conflict, ending persecution, and addressing the root causes of forcing innocent people to leave their homes.”

While the 100 million number represents more than 1% of the world’s population, only 13 countries have more populations than the global number of forcibly displaced people.

The global figure for internally displaced persons or refugees was already high by the end of 2021.  Partly because the Taliban took over Afghanistan and tried to leave much of Afghanistan. The global figure for internally displaced persons or refugees was already high by the end of 2021. Partly because the Taliban took over Afghanistan and tried to leave much of Afghanistan. PHOTOGRAPHS: AFP / BULENT KILIC

This figure combines the 50 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons.

“The international response to those fleeing war in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly positive,” Grandi said.

“Compassion is alive and we need similar mobilization for all crises around the world. But ultimately, humanitarian aid is a palliative, not a cure.

According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council, around 38 million new internally displaced persons were reported in 2021. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council, around 38 million new internally displaced persons were reported in 2021. Photo: AFP / Ahmad al-ATRASH

“To reverse this trend, peace and stability is the only answer so that innocent people are not forced to gamble between serious dangers at home or between precarious escape and exile.”

UNHCR will summarize full data on forced displacement in 2021 in its annual Global Trends Report due to be released on June 16.

More than two years have passed since the Covid-19 pandemic began, but at least 20 countries are still denying access to asylum for those fleeing conflict, violence and persecution in accordance with measures to contain the virus.

Grandi asked on Friday to lift the remaining epidemic-related asylum restrictions, saying the countries violate basic human rights.

“I am concerned that the measures implemented in response to COVID-19 are being used as a cover-up tool to exclude refugees from violence and persecution and to deny asylum,” he said.

About 38 million new internally displaced persons were reported in 2021, according to a joint report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) last week. Some of them are due to people who were forced to escape multiple times during the year.

This figure represents the second highest annual number of new internally displaced people in a decade after 2020, which saw record movements caused by a series of natural disasters.

Last year, the number of new internally displaced persons due to conflict surged to 14.4 million, a 50% increase over 2020, the report said.

“It’s never been as bad as it is now,” NRC director Jan Egeland told reporters.

“The world is falling apart.”

Natural disasters continued to account for most of the new internal displacements that spurred 23.7 million of these displacements in 2021.


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