- Recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June).
Highlights of the report
- Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population.
- Of the 80 million people, 26 million were cross-border refugees,45.7 million were internally displaced people, 4.2 million were asylum seekers and 3.6 million were Venezuelans displaced abroad.
- More than eight of every 10 refugees (85%) are in developing countries,generally a country neighboring the one they fled.
- Five countries account for two-thirds of people displaced across borders:Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar.
- 1 in every 97 people were affected by forced displacement in 2019, compared to 1 in every 159 people in 2010 and 1 in every 174 in 2005.
- Nearly to 40% of those displaced (or 30-34 million) forcibly between 2010-2019 include children below 18 years of age.