Ahead of the International World Refugee Day on June 20, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) on Wednesday issued the yearly Global Trends report which revealed that 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2018 – the highest number in the organisation’s almost 70-year history.
This marks an increase of more than two million from the previous year and an overall totality that would sum up the world’s 20th most populous country.
UNHCR, in its report, said that almost two-thirds of those uprooted from their homes were internally displaced people who have not left their homelands.
The High-Commissioner of UNHCR, while launching the report in Berlin, said the new figures are “worrying”.
Out of 25.9 million refugees, nearly 20 per cent were Palestinians placed under the care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
According to UNHCR, about 13.6 million people were newly displaced in 2018 – including 2.8 million who sought protection abroad and 10.8 million who were left in their own countries.