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1.5% of world’s population displaced: UNHCR

The UNHCR said that in May, 120 million people were displaced globally.

• June 13, 2024
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Report from the UN refugee agency released on Thursday stated that more people than ever before were forcibly displaced worldwide in May due to war, conflict, violence, and persecution.

The UNHCR said that in May, 120 million people were displaced globally, almost 10 per cent more than the previous year, and some 1.5 per cent of the world’s population.

According to the agency, more than two-thirds of the refugees have been internally displaced.

Two-thirds of those who had fled abroad remain in neighbouring countries, under often difficult conditions, in the hope of quickly returning to their home countries.

In 2023, the United States and Germany were the top destinations for those seeking long-term protection, with Germany receiving the second highest number of asylum applications after the US.

(dpa/NAN)

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