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An estimated 100 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced, the highest number on record, according to the United Nations.
This figure represents 1% of the world’s population and would be equivalent to the 14th most populous country, specifies the UN in its press release.
By the end of 2021, 90 million people had been displaced from their countries, including 14.4 million people displaced within their country’s borders due to violence. An estimated 23.7 million people, mostly in the Asia-Pacific region, were internally displaced in 2021 due to natural disasters.
“One hundred million is a striking number – sobering and alarming in equal measure.” said Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “This is a record that should never have been set. It should serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflict, end the persecution and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes.”
So far this year, around 14 million people have been displaced due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the UN.
“The international response to people fleeing war in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly positive,” Grandi added. “Compassion is alive, and we need a similar mobilization for all crises in the world.”