New York, 13 September 2022 (TDI): According to the Global Trends Report 2021,
at the end of the year, 89.3 million individuals worldwide were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order.

The report covers the period from January 2021 to December 2021. It contains statistics on recent developments as well according to the information received till May 23rd, 2022.

According to the Report, millions of people are forcibly displaced. One in every 78 people in the world are forced to flee their homes according to it.

The priority of UNHCR and the humanitarian community is to identify and support durable solutions that enable refugees to rebuild their lives.

Alarming statistics

Internally displaced people (IDPs) account for approximately 60 percent of all displaced people according to the Global Trends Report.

Syria, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan continued to host the largest IDP populations by the end of 2021.

Also read: Conflict displaced 100 million people worldwide          

The Tigray war in Ethiopia led to 2.5 million more internal displacements. 1.5 million of them returned to their homes during the year.

And in Afghanistan, in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the number of people displaced internally rose for the 15th straight year. More than 790,000 Afghans returned during the year.

On top of that, people displaced from Venezuela to abroad rose too. As the Global Trends Report says, the statistics changed from 3.9 million to 4.4 million, during the same period.

Especially the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen witnessed an increase in internal displacements. The statistics rose between 100,000 and 500,000 in 2021.

Also read: Attacks on displaced camps in DR Congo

The way forward

The rate of forced displacement has outpaced the available solutions during the last decade.

Making the environment suitable for the refugees to return to their homes is the only long-term solution to this problem.

According to the report, the most common reasons which make it impossible for the refugees to return are insecurity and lack of housing and livelihood.

The political willingness towards making peace is the only way forward.