Record 55 million people internally displaced worldwide
May 20, 2021 - Conflicts and natural disasters forced 40.5 million people to flee within their own country in 2020, bringing the total number of people living in internal displacement around the world to a record high.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), in its latest annual global report, says a record 55 million people were living away from their homes but within their countries at the end of last year, as storms and floods, as well as both protracted and new conflicts, drove up the figures that have been growing for more than a decade.
The Geneva-based centre, which is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), said the number of internally displaced was more than twice that of refugees – those who flee to another country.
Of those displaced at the end of the year, some 48 million people had fled conflict and violence and 7 million had escaped from disasters, the group said.
Around 40.5 million new displacements were recorded in 2020, the highest figure in ten years. Disasters triggered over three times more displacements than conflict and violence, the report said.