People Internally Displaced by Conflict and Violence 2013
01 Jul 2013
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a report on displacement in June 2013, looking at displacement that occurred around the world in 2012.
Some of the findings included:
Global forced displacement at an 18-year high.
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.
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.
War remains the dominant cause. A full 55 per cent of all refugees listed in UNHCR's report come from just five war-affected countries, namely Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.
7.6 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, including 1.1 million new refugees - the highest number of new arrivals in one year since 1999. Another 6.5 million people were newly displaced within the borders of their countries - the second highest figure of the past ten years.