Number of displaced tops 100 million

Berlin — The number of people forced to escape conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution exceeded the 100 million milestone for the first time on record, driven by war and other deadly conflicts in Ukraine. .. ..

“100 million people are just as calm and alarming,” said Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees. “This is a record that should never have been set.

“This needs to serve as an awakening call to resolve and prevent destructive conflicts, end persecution, and address the root causes of innocent people being forced to flee their homes. “Grandy added.

UNHCR will be driven by new waves of violence and protracted conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Congo, with the number of displaced persons worldwide approaching 90 million by the end of 2021. Said that.

Since then, the war in Ukraine has forced more than 6 million people to flee the country and another 8 million to evacuate within Ukraine.

The 100 million figure represents more than 1% of the world’s population and is made up of refugees, asylum seekers and people evacuated in their own country due to conflict. This is the number recently announced by the Domestic Evacuation Monitoring Center at 53.2 million. statement.

“The international reaction to those fleeing the war in Ukraine was overwhelmingly positive,” Grundy said. “Compassion is alive and requires similar mobilization for all crises around the world.”

But in the end, Grundy pointed out that “humanitarian aid is palliative, not a cure.”

“The only answer to reversing this trend is peace and stability, and innocent people are not forced to gamble between acute dangers at home or unstable flight and asylum,” says Grundy. I did.

Associated Press