Dhaka – More than 68 million people have been displaced worldwide because of conflict, war and persecution as of the end of 2017, according to the UN refugee agency.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugee in its annual global trends report also said that 16.2 of them were displaced in 2017 alone.
The report launched Tuesday ahead of the World Refugee Day also calculated as many as 44,500 persons are displaced every day.
“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row. The report mentioned about the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
The developing countries are most affected, UNHCR in its report said.
Refugees who have fled their countries to escape conflict and persecution accounted for 25.4 million of the 68.5 million. This is 2.9 million more than in 2016, also the biggest increase UNHCR has seen in a single year.
Asylum-seekers, who were still awaiting the outcome of their claims to refugee status as of December, 31, 2017, meanwhile rose by around 300,000 to 3.1 million. People displaced inside their own country accounted for 40 million of the total, slightly fewer than the 40.3 million in 2016.
In short, the world had almost as many forcibly displaced people in 2017 as the population of Thailand. Across all countries, one in every 110 persons is someone displaced.
“But there is reason for some hope. Fourteen countries are already pioneering a new blueprint for responding to refugee situations and in a matter of months a new Global Compact on Refugees will be ready for adoption by the United Nations General Assembly,” Grandi said calling the member states to support the UN efforts.
“No one becomes a refugee by choice; but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help,” he added.