UN Global Trends Report notes record number of refugees worldwide

UNHCR released its Global Trends Report 2022 on Wednesday, stating that as many as 108.4 million people were forcibly displaced due to “persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations” across the world by the end of 2022.

The report shows an increase of 19 million forcibly displaced people compared to the end of 2021, which was “more than 1 in every 74 people on Earth has been forced to flee.”

The report also said that the number of refugees worldwide increased from 27.1 million in 2021 to 35.3 million at the end of 2022, the largest yearly increase ever recorded.

According to the report, the Ukraine war is the main cause of the increase in the number of refugees in 2022.

Meanwhile, the report added that 52 percent of all refugees and other people in need of international protection came from just three countries “the Syrian Arab Republic (6.5 million), Ukraine (5.7 million) and Afghanistan (5.7 million).”

“The Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 created the fastest displacement crisis, and one of the largest, since the Second World War,” the report said.

According to the report, a total of 11.6 million Ukrainians remained displaced, including 5.9 million within their country and 5.7 million who fled to neighboring countries and beyond.

“Conflict and insecurity in other parts of the world either continued or was reignited, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Myanmar, where more than 1 million people were displaced within each country,” the report added.

Meanwhile, Syria is marked with most of the internally displaced (IDPs) with 6.8 million until the end of last year.

“This means that 1 in 3 of all Syrians remaining within their country were still internally displaced at the end of 2022, after more than a decade of conflict,” the report said.