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Graphic shows numbers of people forcibly displaced worldwide since 2014.


Conflicts drive forcibly displaced people to record high

By Jordi Bou

June 13, 2024 - The United Nations says the number of people forced to flee their homes reached a record high of more than 117 million last year, with conflict in places like Gaza, Sudan and Myanmar largely to blame.

This constitutes a rise of 8 per cent or 8.8 million people compared to the end of 2022 and continues a series of year-on-year increases over the last 12 years, the annual report by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

The conflicts that have driven displacement include the war in Sudan, where more that 9 million people have been internally displaced and another 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries.

In Gaza, Israel’s bombardment and ground campaign have caused around 1.7 million people – nearly 80% of the Palestinian enclave’s population – to become internally displaced, many of them multiple times.

Based on operational data, UNHCR estimates that forced displacement has continued to increase in the first four months of 2024 and by the end of April 2024 is likely to have exceeded 120 million.

PUBLISHED: 13/06/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images