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103 mln people forcibly displaced worldwide: UNHCR

103 mln people forcibly displaced worldwide: UNHCR

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103 mln people forcibly displaced worldwide: UNHCR. Photo by Xinhua.
103 mln people forcibly displaced worldwide: UNHCR. Photo by Xinhua.

The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and events seriously disturbing public order globally surged to 103 mln in the first half of 2022, meaning that one in 77 people on Earth is forcibly displaced, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said here. This was reported by The Xinhua News Agency.

This is an increase of 13.6 mln, or 15%, compared to the end of 2021, more than the entire populations of Belgium, Burundi or Cuba, according to the latest report from UNHCR.

According to the report, the total number of refugees and people in need of international protection worldwide rose by 24% from 25.7 mln at the end of 2021 to 32 mln by mid-2022. At the end of June this year, more than half (56%) of all refugees were Syrian, Venezuelan or Ukrainian.

In mid-2022, the report showed, Türkiye hosted 3.7 mln refugees, the largest refugee population worldwide. Colombia was second with 2.5 mln and Germany third with 2.2 mln refugees, followed by Pakistan and Uganda (1.5 mln each).

The UNHCR report also showed that the number of asylum-seekers waiting for a decision had climbed to 4.9 mln by mid-2022 from 4.6 mln at the end of 2021.

In the first half of this year, more than 9.6 mln new displacements due to conflict and violence were reported. The vast majority were in Ukraine, which accounted for 74% of all new internal displacements.

During the same period, significant displacements of people were also reported in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, as well as in Myanmar, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.