Displaced people are those uprooted from their homes due to war or other harmful conditions. For some, this translates to becoming refugees in other countries to improve their chances of survival.
The United Nations (UN) refugee agency has said that persecution and conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan has raised the number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record-breaking number.
A record-breaking 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of last year. Some 40.8 million were internally displaced in conflicted countries. Another 21.3 million were refugees and some 3.2 million more were seeking asylum.
In 2014, 60 million people had been displaced and the initial record of refugees worldwide since World War II was only broken then. With this new data however, last year’s displacement topped the 2014 record by nearly 10 percent.
The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed this data on Monday while unveiling its annual Global Trends Report. With the revelation, they urged leaders from Europe and elsewhere to do more to end the wars that are fanning the exodus of people from their homelands.
With the high number of displaced people, the UNHRC gave even more grim statistics by breaking the number down into stark detail. They showed that on average, 24 people had been displaced every minute of every day last year which equals 34,000 people a day — up from 6 every minute in 2005.
Global displacement has therefore roughly doubled since 1997, and risen by 50 percent since 2011 alone — when the Syrian war began.
Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said;
“I hope that the message carried by those forcibly displaced reaches the leaderships: We need action, political action, to stop conflicts…The message that they have carried is: ‘If you don’t solve problems, problems will come to you.'”
Over half of all displaced persons came from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. As to the countries taking them in as refugees; Turkey was the “top host” country for the second year running, taking in 2.5 million people — nearly all from neighboring Syria.
Pakistan, neighbor of Afghanistan came next in line with 1.6 million, while Lebanon, next to Syria, hosted 1.1 million.
Filipo Grandi in making the announcement also called on countries to work to fight the xenophobia that has accompanied the rise in refugee populations.