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Ukraine Live: Global refugee population tops 100 million for first time, UNHRC says

Global refugee population tops 100 million for first time

The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights abuses and persecution passed the 100 million mark for the first time, propelled by the war in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts, said the UN Refugee Agency in a press release. Release.

“One hundred million is a stark figure – sobering and alarming in equal measure. It’s a record that should never have been set,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. This should serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflict, end the persecution, and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes.”

According to the agency, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 90 million at the end of 2021, propelled by new waves of violence or protracted conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Myanmar. Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The war in Ukraine has displaced 8 million more people internally this year, he added, and more than 6 million refugee movements from Ukraine have been recorded.

Representing more than 1% of the world’s population, the total refugee population is equivalent to the 14th most populous country in the world.

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