Entire Nation on the Run: Number of Displaced People Doubles in 10 Years

According to the UNHCR, 120 million have been displaced, which roughly corresponds to the population of Japan

The number of forcibly displaced persons has doubled in ten years. A situation that affects one person in 69, or 1.5% of the world’s population, and which only 10 years ago affected only 1 in 125 people.

These are the alarming figures released by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in its Global Trends report, which estimates a monstrous 117.3 million people globally displaced by persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, and events that disrupt public order. That was at the end of 2023, and by 2024 it is estimated that the figure of 120 million will be reached, marking the 12th consecutive increase in this sad statistic.

The global displaced population is equivalent to the population of the 12th largest country in the world, about the same size as the population of Japan.

UNHCR considers the crisis in Sudan to be a decisive factor, as it has driven 10.8 million Sudanese from their land, while millions have also been displaced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar due to hostilities. 1.7 million people, which is 75% of the population, are internally displaced in Gaza, while the sad record belongs to Syria, with 13.8 million internally and externally displaced persons.

“Behind these numbers, which are clearly on the rise, are countless human tragedies. This suffering should prompt the international community to take urgent action to address the root causes of forced displacement. It is time for the parties of the conflict to respect the basic laws of war and international law. Without improved cooperation and concerted efforts to address conflict, human rights violations, and the climate crisis, the number of displaced people will continue to rise, bringing new suffering and costly humanitarian responses,” explained UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

The report also explains that the vast majority of refugees are hosted in neighboring countries, and 75% of them are in low- and middle-income countries that together produce less than 20% of the world’s income. “Refugees – and the communities that host them – need solidarity and help. They can contribute to society, and they do when they are included,” Grandi concluded.