The number of people fleeing war, violence, persecution and human rights violations has increased again. There were more than 82 million last year, an increase of 4% from last year’s record number.
According to a UNHCR report, most people have fled their country. The number of internally displaced persons has increased in Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique, Yemen, Afghanistan and Colombia.
Most of those who fled abroad came from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. Nearly nine out of ten refugees are housed in neighboring countries. But in addition, Germany has also received many refugees: 1.2 million.
Children in exile
UNHCR stated that last year was the ninth consecutive year that the number of displaced people worldwide increased. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Philippe Grandi said that world leaders should step up their efforts to achieve peace and stability.
“Each character represents a person who was expelled from his home, a story of displacement, loss and pain,” Grandi said. “These people deserve our attention and support. They not only provide humanitarian assistance, but also seek solutions to their plight.”
According to UNHCR data, between 2018 and 2020, nearly 1 million children were born as refugees, and many may still be like this in the next few years. Grandi said: “The tragedies of so many children in exile should be enough to intensify efforts to prevent and end conflict and violence.”