UN says number of displaced people worldwide tops 84 million – Times of India

BERLIN: The number of people around the globe compelled to desert their houses seemingly elevated to greater than 84 million within the first half of this yr, a rise fueled particularly by conflicts in Africa, the UN refugee company mentioned Thursday.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees mentioned the number of displaced people – most of them inside their very own nations – was up from 82.4 million on the finish of 2020.
“The international community is failing to prevent violence, persecution and human rights violations, which continue to drive people from their homes,” the company’s head, Filippo Grandi, mentioned in an announcement. “In addition, the effects of climate change are exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in many areas hosting the forcibly displaced.”
A UNHCR report discovered that the number of people classed as refugees beneath its mandate was greater than 20.8 million midway via the yr – a rise of 172,000 from the top of final yr. The number of asylum-seekers stood at 4.4 million, a rise of 237,000.
“Although comparable figures for internal displacement are not yet available, based on the information at hand UNHCR estimates that global forced displacement likely exceeded 84 million by mid-2021,” it mentioned. (*84*) 1.1 million people returned to their areas or nations of origin within the yr’s first half.
The company mentioned that over 4.3 million new inside displacements have been recorded between January and June in 33 nations the place it’s monitoring the displacement scenario.
It mentioned that was a pointy improve from a yr earlier and that intensifying violence led to “significant” displacement in Congo, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Sudan and nations in west Africa’s Sahel area.
UNHCR mentioned its figures got here from governments and its personal places of work around the globe and have been supplemented by knowledge from non-governmental organizations.

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