100 million people have been forced to flee their homes. That’s more than the population of most countries

“Either the international community unites in action to confront this human tragedy, resolve the conflicts and find lasting solutions, or this terrible trend will continue,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. , in a press release.

“With millions of Ukrainians displaced at the time of writing, as well as further displacement elsewhere this year, including in Burkina Faso and Myanmar, total forced displacement now exceeds 100 million people,” the report said. .

“This means one in 78 people on earth have been forced to flee – a dramatic step few would have expected ten years ago.”

UNHCR says the latest forced displacement figure includes 60.1 million internally displaced people, 32.1 million refugees, 4.5 million asylum seekers and 4.4 million internally displaced Venezuelans. the stranger. This is a number larger than the population of most countries.
David Miliband, president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee, described the 100 million figure as an “appalling mark” that shows “a global failure”. This “will be the prelude to ever-higher numbers without urgent action”, he warned, calling for increased commitments to resettle refugees and step up humanitarian assistance in crisis areas.

Millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee

The UN report released on Thursday focuses largely on 2021, noting that this year has been “perhaps the most notable for the large number of existing conflicts that have intensified and new conflicts that have erupted”. But its authors note that developments in early 2022 were impossible to ignore.

More than 7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced due to the war, and more than 6 million refugees have fled Ukraine, the report says.

“This is one of the largest crises of forced displacement since World War II, and certainly the fastest,” the report said.

Turkey hosted the largest refugee population in 2021

In 2021, the report says, Turkey hosted the largest refugee population in the world, nearly 3.8 million people.

Children stand in a refugee camp along the Thailand-Myanmar border.

And the report indicates that more than two-thirds of the number of refugees and displaced Venezuelans abroad came from just five countries: Syria (6.8 million), Venezuela (4.6 million), Afghanistan (2 .7 million), South Sudan (2.4 million) and Myanmar (1.2 million).

The number of displaced people around the world has increased every year for the past decade and is at the highest level since records began, the report says.

The release of the report comes days before World Refugee Day on Monday, when organizations are working to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

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