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World witnessed record displacement in 2023: UN

Afroza Hossain

From January to December 2023, a record 11.73 million people have been displaced around the world.

From January to December 2023, a record 11.73 million people have been displaced around the world. Never before has such a large number of people been displaced in a single year.

The United Nations refugee agency United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) disclosed this information in a press conference on Thursday. A press conference was held at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the release of the report. The company’s top executive, Filippo Grandi, was present there.

Filippo Grandi said, ‘The number of people displaced around the world last year is almost equal to the total population of Japan. Conflict is the main and almost the only cause of displacement. The largest displacements occurred in Gaza, Sudan, Myanmar and Ukraine.

Displacement is happening at almost the same rate this year as well. From January to April 2014, at least 2.7 million people were forced to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere. That is, 12 crore people have been displaced from January 2023 to October 2024.

At the press conference, Filippo Grandi said that displacement around the world has been on the rise for the past 12 years. The number of people forced to leave or lose their homes is increasing every year. In 2022, about 11 million people were displaced in the world.

He also said that the UNHRC was forced to declare a state of emergency 43 times in 29 countries in 2023 due to conflict alone.

The conflict itself is terrifying. When a conflict starts in an area, people flee from their homes in intense fear. Major changes in international and regional politics are therefore needed to reduce the rate of displacement. “If that doesn’t happen, we will see an increase in displacement in the years to come,” Filippo Grandi told a news conference.

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