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A record 117 million people will be forcibly displaced by 2023, according to the UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday that the number of forcibly displaced people reached a record 117.3 million at the end of last year, warning that the figure could rise further without major global political changes.

“These are refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, people displaced by conflict, by persecution, by different and increasingly complex forms of violence,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Conflict remains a very, very deep cause of displacement.”

In its report on global trends in forced displacement, UNHCR states that there has been an annual increase in the number of people forcibly displaced over the past twelve years. UNHCR estimates that forced displacement has continued to increase in the first four months of 2024 and that the number of displaced people is likely to exceed 120 million by the end of April.



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