Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home
June 19, 2019 -- A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than two million from last year.
The annual “Global Trends” report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people at the end of 2018.
The report, released on the eve of World Refugee Day, said that 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of last year, up from about 68.5 million in 2017 – and nearly a 65 percent increase from a decade ago. Among them, nearly three in five people – or more than 41 million – are displaced within their home countries.
UNHCR said that its figures are “conservative” as they do not reflect those who have fled Venezuela.
Some 4 million people are known to have left the South American country in recent years, but only half a million have formally applied for asylum, the report said.