One percent of all humanity: The number of people forced to leave their homes due to persecution, fighting, violence and human rights abuses was about 82.4 million at the end of 2020, twice the situation a decade ago, according to a new UN report.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, close to three million people fled their homes last year due to clashes that continued despite the Corona plague. This is a four percent increase over the previous year and the ninth consecutive year in which there has been an increase.
26.4 million people are currently defined as refugees, of which 5.7 million are Palestinian refugees within the UNRWA agency. 48 million are displaced within their country, 4.1 million are asylum seekers and another 3.9 million are Venezuelans displaced outside their country. When about one million children were born as refugees between 2018 and 2020.
Syria is the largest source of refugees with 6.7 million people followed by Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. Turkey has the highest number of refugees – 3.7 million people.
The United Nations has called on the international community to step up its efforts to promote peace, stability and cooperation in tackling the humanitarian crisis. Filippo Grandi– “They are entitled not only to our attention and support not only with humanitarian assistance, but also in finding solutions to their escape.“