The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center of the Norwegian Refugee Council published a report on Thursday, according to which the number of people internally displaced worldwide due to conflict or natural disasters increased to a record 71.1 million last year, reports Anadolia.
By the end of 2022, 5.9 million people were forced to relocate within Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, bringing the total number of people internally displaced worldwide due to conflict and violence to more than 62 million, a 17 percent increase from 2021. years.
Syria has had 6.8 million displaced by conflict after more than a decade of civil war.
“The number of people displaced within their own country at the end of the year due to disasters such as floods and famine reached 8.7 million, an increase of 45 percent compared to 2021,” the report said.
It was emphasized that the number of 71.1 million internally displaced people worldwide is 20 percent higher than in 2021.
Internal displacement refers to people who are forced to move within a country’s borders, and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center’s report does not include those who have gone to other countries.
Last year, conflicts were recorded in Ukraine, Syria, Ethiopia and other countries, and the situation is not better this year either. The United Nations migration agency announced this week that 700,000 people have already been internally displaced in a matter of weeks due to conflict in Sudan between the army and paramilitary groups.
The Center for Monitoring Internal Displacement announced that the meteorological phenomenon “La Nina”, which continued last year for the third year in a row, is the main driver of displacement in the event of a disaster.
“This has contributed to record levels of flood displacement in Pakistan, Nigeria and Brazil and the worst drought on record in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia,” the report said.
Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said a “perfect storm” of conflict and natural disasters in the past year had led to displacement on an unprecedented scale.
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