"These figures illustrate that some people are far too keen on war, and far less eager to find solutions. The result is destruction, forced displacement and distress for each of the millions of people forced to flee their foyer."
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees states in its recent investigation report annual, Global Trends in Forced Displacement in 2022, that approximately 110 million people are displaced worldwide. The organization denounced this "new record" Wednesday in Geneva.
While the number of people uprooted by war, persecution, violence and human rights violations stood at 108,4 million in 2022, an increase of 19,1 million from the previous year, it does not shows no signs of slowing down in 2023, as the resumption of conflict in Sudan has led to new departures, bringing the total to around 110 million people as of May this year.
"These figures illustrate that some people are far too keen on war, and far less eager to find solutions. The result is destruction, forced displacement and distress for each of the millions of people forced to flee their home," said Philippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The organization points to several factors for this increase, in particular the war in Ukraine, the main factor of forced displacement in 2022, the revision of the estimates on the number of Afghans hosted in Iran, but also the upward revisions by Colombia and the Peru of the number of Venezuelans hosted in these countries.
“People around the world continue to show extraordinary hospitality to refugees by offering protection and assistance to those in need,” added Filippo Grandi, “but much greater international support and sharing more equitable accountability is needed, especially with countries that host the majority of uprooted people in the world".
He affirms, "above all, more must be done to try to end the conflicts and remove the obstacles to the voluntary return of refugees, in complete safety and in dignity".
In 2022, more than 339 refugees returned home to 000 countries, a figure lower than the previous year.