The number of refugees in the world has hit a record of 70 million, the United Nations said in a statement. That’s the highest figure since World War II.
People are fleeing war, persecution and the consequences of
global warming, the German branch of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a
statement on Sunday, one day ahead of World Humanitarian Day on August 19.
At the end of 2018, a total of 70.8 million people were forced to flee their homes. The figure includes refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.
At the end of 2016, this number stood at 65.5 million. As of now, 25 people have to flee every minute and 37,000 people flee every day.
The majority of refugees are hosted in developing countries – 84 percent – and the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe continues to drop.
Refugees, displaced persons, asylum seekers
Most people of concern are internally displaced persons. In 2018, 41.3 million people fled from conflict and violence to other parts of their country. Colombia, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to top the list of internally displaced people.
The number of refugees who have fled their country is at its highest mark ever recorded – 25.9 million. Two-thirds of all refugees come from five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.
The third group entails persons seeking international protection in another country. At the end of 2018, there were 3.5 million asylum seekers who were waiting for their asylum decision, according to the UNHCR.