Friday, June 18, 2021

Forced displacement reaches new high amid COVID: UN | Al Jazeera

Forced displacement

The number of people forcibly displaced reached a new high by the end of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated some pre-existing drivers, a United Nations report has found.

In a report published on Friday, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) found that 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced at the end of 2020 – the highest number on record.

In 2012, the figure stood at 41 million, while in 2019, it reached 79.5 million.

As a result, more than 1 percent of the world’s population, or one in 95 people, is now forcibly displaced. This compares with one in 159 in 2010.

“The dynamics of poverty, food insecurity, climate change, conflict and displacement are increasingly interconnected and mutually reinforcing, driving more and more people to search for safety and security,” the report found.

The UN said the reported incidents of conflict and violence rose in nearly half of the countries worldwide, despite declining overall in 2020, and that the “magnitude and severity of food crises worsened in 2020 as protracted conflicts, extreme weather and the economic fallout of COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing situations”....


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