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Global level of forced displacement reaches 110M

The growth of around 19 million people to 108.4 million at the end of last year is the biggest annual increase ever.

Geneva, 14 June, 2023 (GNP): According to the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), wars in Ukraine and Sudan have forced millions of people to leave their homes, bringing the total number of people forcibly displaced around the world to a record 110 million.

According to a report released by UNHCR on Wednesday (14 June), the growth of around 19 million people to 108.4 million at the end of last year is the biggest annual increase ever.

Since then, the number has increased to 110 million, primarily as a result of the eight-week-old crisis in Sudan, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

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At a press conference in Geneva, he stated, “It’s quite an indictment on the state of our world to have to report that.”

Furthermore, the Forced Displacement report revealed that the global population of refugees and internally displaced people was stable at 40 million during the 20 years before the conflict in Syria in 2011.

But since then, they have increased annually and have now over doubled.

According to the research, more than one in every 74 persons is currently homeless.

Grandi highlighted “the usual package of causes,” including violence, conflict, persecution, and discrimination.

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According to the report, just three countries, Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, accounted for roughly half of all refugees and people in need of international protection.

Without mentioning any specific countries, Grandi expressed concerns about strict rules for accepting refugees and opposition.

However, he was optimistic about some developments, especially the agreement achieved by EU ministers last week on the division of responsibilities for refugees and migrants.

Additionally, he lauded Kenya, noting that it is seeking innovative solutions for the half a million refugees it accommodates, including many of those who have escaped poverty and drought in the Horn of Africa.