UNHCR: Global Trends Report 2013 — global forced displacement at 18-year high

UNHCR: Global Trends Report 2013
New UNHCR report says global forced displacement at 18-year high
19 June 2013

GENEVA, 19 June (UNHCR) – More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement…The report shows that as of the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement compared to 42.5 million at the end of 2011. This includes 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers, and 28.8 million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. The report does not include the rise in those forced from their homes in Syria during the current year.

War remains the dominant cause. A full 55 percent of all refugees listed in UNHCR’s report come from just five war-affected countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. The report also charts major new displacement from Mali, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and from Sudan into South Sudan and Ethiopia.

“These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them,” said António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and head of UNHCR….

…The Global Trends report is UNHCR’s leading annual report on the state of forced displacement. Additional data is published annually in the UN refugee agency’s Statistical Yearbooks, and its reports on asylum applications in industrialized nations. The new report, with accompanying multimedia materials, can be downloaded at this web address: http://unhcr.org/globaltrendsjune2013