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Global Forced Displacement Highest Since WW2

Posted by feww on June 20, 2014

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Global forced displacement tops 50 million, highest since World War II  —UN

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

The agency’s annual Global Trends report shows 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, some 6 million more than the 45.2 million reported in 2012.

“This massive increase was driven mainly by the war in Syria, which at the end of last year had forced 2.5 million people into becoming refugees and made 6.5 million internally displaced. Major new displacement was also seen in Africa notably in Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the report.

“We are seeing here the immense costs of not ending wars, of failing to resolve or prevent conflict,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “Peace is today dangerously in deficit. Humanitarians can help as a palliative, but political solutions are vitally needed. Without this, the alarming levels of conflict and the mass suffering that is reflected in these figures will continue.”

The biggest refugee populations under UNHCR care and by source country are Afghans, Syrians and Somalis together accounting for more than half of the global refugee total. Pakistan, Iran and Lebanon, meanwhile, hosted more refugees than other countries.

The worldwide population of stateless people is not included in the figure of 51.2 million forcibly displaced people. Statelessness remains hard to quantify with precision, but for 2013, UNHCR’s offices worldwide reported a figure of almost 3.5 million stateless people. This is about a third of the number of people estimated to be stateless globally.

 

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