UNHCR: The number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world has exceeded 100 million people
The number of refugees and internally displaced persons who have fled their homes due to armed conflict, violence and persecution for the first time exceeded 100 million people worldwide. Such data are provided by the Office of the High Commissioner UN Refugee Affairs (UNHCR), writes TASS.
“The number of people who have been forced to flee conflict, violence and persecution has surpassed the staggering 100 million for the first time in history,” UNHCR said.
The organization explained that at the end of last year, the number of “forcibly displaced people in the world rose to 90 million.” The events in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria and Ethiopia played a special role in this, according to the agency.
It is noted that the events in Ukraine in 2022 “led to the displacement of eight million people within this country.” Six million refugees were also registered.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called this number harsh. According to him, this is “a record that should never have been set.”
Formerly US edition of Politico criticized European Union (EU) for the fact that the reception of Ukrainian refugees differed from the treatment of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan. The journalists stressed that after the start of the Ukrainian crisis, European countries “rapidly revised their migration policy.”