100 million people were forced to leave their homes. That’s more than the population of most countries.

“Either the international community will come together to take action to overcome this human tragedy, resolve conflicts and find durable solutions, or this terrible trend will continue,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement.

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

“This means that 1 out of every 78 people on earth has been forced to flee – a dramatic milestone that few expected ten years ago.”

UNHCR says the latest forced displacement figure includes 60.1 million internally displaced persons, 32.1 million refugees, 4.5 million asylum seekers and 4.4 million Venezuelans displaced abroad. This adds up to a number that is larger than the population of most countries.
David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee, described the 100 million figure as “an appalling mark” indicating a “global failure”. This “would be a prelude to an increase in the number of refugees without urgent action,” he warned, calling for increased commitment to resettle refugees and more humanitarian assistance in crisis areas.

Millions of Ukrainians were forced to flee

The UN report, released on Thursday, focuses mainly on 2021, noting that this year has been “perhaps the most remarkable due to the sheer number of existing conflicts that have escalated and new conflicts that have erupted.” But its authors note that the events of early 2022 could not be ignored.

The report states that more than 7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced due to the war, and more than 6 million refugees have left Ukraine.

“This is one of the biggest displacement crises since World War II, and by far the fastest,” the report says.

Turkey has received the largest number of refugees in 2021

Turkey hosted the world’s largest number of refugees in 2021, with almost 3.8 million people, the report says.

The report says that more than two-thirds of the refugees and Venezuelans displaced 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 report says the number of displaced people worldwide has increased every year for the last decade and is at its highest level since records began.

The release of the report comes just a few days before World Refugee Day on Monday, when organizations work to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

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