“The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution has now surpassed the staggering 100 million mark for the first time, supported by the war in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts.”
This is what the United Nations agency specializing in refugee management (UNHCR) reports. “The figure of 100 million makes us think and worry in equal measure. It is a record that should never have been set – in the words of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi -. This must serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflicts, end the persecution and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes. “
According to new data from the United Nations Refugee Agency, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide had risen to 90 million by the end of 2021, driven by new waves of violence or protracted conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar. , Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This year the war in Ukraine caused 8 million internally displaced people and over 6 million movements of refugees from Ukraine were recorded. “The international response to people fleeing the war in Ukraine has been extremely positive – added Grandi -. Compassion is alive and we need a similar mobilization for all crises around the world. But ultimately, humanitarian aid is a palliative, not a cure. To reverse this trend, the only answer is peace and stability “.