Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2019

Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2019

As of the end of 2019, 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. According to the report, Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2019 (HTML or PDF), 26 million of those displaced were refugees, 45.7 million were internally displaced, and 4.2 million were asylum seekers, with an estimated 40 percent of the total under the age of 18. The report further notes that over the past decade, a total of at least 100 million people have been forcibly displaced, including 79 million internally displaced persons, while 3.9 million refugees have been resettled in other countries and 31 million internally displaced persons have returned to their homes. In the two decades since 2000, Syria (13.23 million) has seen the largest number of citizens forcibly displaced, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (6.43 million), Afghanistan (5.97 million), Colombia (5.84 million), and Venezuela (4.47 million).

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