UN reports highest number of refugees ever recorded

UN reports highest number of refugees ever recorded

The UN refugee company says the variety of asylum-seekers, internally displaced folks and refugees worldwide shot up by practically 9 million folks final yr – the largest rise in its data.

In its annual “Global Trends” report launched on Thursday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says that the 79.5 million folks account for 1% of all humanity amid battle, repression and upheaval.

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UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi stated of the 79.5 million folks forcibly displaced, 68% come from solely 5 nations: Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan and Venezuela.

The surge was chalked up partly to a brand new approach of counting folks displaced from Venezuela and “worrying” new displacement within the persistent hassle spots of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sahel area of Africa, Yemen and Syria.

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War-torn Syria alone accounted for greater than 13 million of these folks on the transfer.

While the whole determine of individuals dealing with compelled displacement rose from 70.eight million on the finish of 2018, some 11 million folks had been “newly displaced” final yr, with poorer nations amongst these most affected.

Grandi stated theglobal pandemic had had a significant influence on refugees and the displaced, as 164 nations both partially or completely closed their borders to struggle the brand new coronavirus.

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