New record in 2022 of forced displacement

By the end of 2022, a total of 108.4 million people is forcibly displaced worldwide. An increase of 19.1 million people in just one year.

UNHCR recently published its annual global trend report. In this report they look back at 2022 and the indicated trends of forced displacement. Some facts mentioned in this report:

  • A total of 76 percent of the world’s refugees and other people in need of international protection are hosted in low- and middle-income countries.
  • A total of 70 percent lived in countries neighbouring their countries of origin.
  • When looking at the location of origin, a total of 52 percent of all refugees came from just three countries: Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan. This includes two countries where Dorcas is active (Syria and Ukraine).

Dorcas is active in fourteen countries in Eastern Europe, Eastern Africa and the Middle East. In twelve of these fourteen countries we see forced displacement, both from natural disaster and man-made disaster. Lebanon continues to provide assistance to Syrian refugees, even though the economic and political situation in the country worsens. They are hosting the largest number of refugees per capita, with an estimation of 1.5 million Syrian refugees plus a small number of refugees of other nationalities. South Sudan’s refugee crisis remains the largest in Africa, with over 2.3 million South Sudanese refugees hosted in neighbouring countries and another 2.3 million internally displaced. The conflict in Ukraine remains ongoing and is currently one of the largest human displacement crises in the world.

Numbers in Dorcas countries:

UNHCR found that by the end of 2022, the number of people displaced by conflict, persecution, violence and human rights abuses stood at a record 108.4 million, up 19.1 million on a year earlier, which was the biggest ever increase.

A total of 108.4 million forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2022:

  • 35.3 million refugees.
  • 62.5 million internally displaced people.
  • 5.4 million asylum-seekers.
  • 5.2 million other people in need of international protection.

Source: UNHCR Global Trends, forced displacement in 2022

19 June 2023

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