The United Nations said on Friday that the number of people displaced by wars and crises in the world has doubled in the past ten years to reach 82.4 million, a record number despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“82.4 million… a ninth year of continuous rise,” Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, explained during a presentation of annual trends. This is exactly double the number recorded ten years ago.”
Conflicts and disasters prompted tens of millions of people to flee within their countries in 2020, bringing the total number of internally displaced people around the world to a record, according to two NGOs announced last May.
A joint report issued by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council said that last year, severe storms, conflicts and violence forced 40.5 million people to flee within their countries, the highest number of additional displaced people recorded in a decade, bringing the total number to 55 million, which is a record.
These figures come despite the strict restrictions on movement imposed by the authorities around the world to prevent the outbreak of Corona, which observers had expected to reduce the number of displaced people last year.