The number of refugees worldwide has exceeded 100 million due to the invasion of Ukraine, according to the UN
**Correction of the source of the report to the United Nations Refugee Agency
The war in Ukraine has pushed the number of refugees worldwide to more than 100 million, according to a new report published on Thursday (June 16th).
Findings from the UN Refugee Agency’s annual “Global Trends” report suggest that by the end of 2021, the number of people displaced by war, violence, persecution and violations human rights stood at 89.3 million, an increase of 8% over the previous year and more than double the figure ten years ago.
However, since then, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls “the most rapid and one of the largest forced population displacement crisis since the World War II” and broke the undesirable 100 million mark.
“Either the international community unites to act in the face of this human tragedy, resolve the conflicts and find lasting solutions, or this appalling trend will continue”said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
According to the UNHCR, more than 2.8 million Ukrainian refugees have been granted temporary protection status by EU countries.
More than a million of them are in Poland after the EU passed emergency legislation that gives them the right to stay and work in all 27 EU member states for a period for up to three years and allows them to obtain social benefits and access to housing, medical care and schools.
Last year, the number of people displaced across borders and hosted in European countries rose by 3% to more than seven million.
This increase reflects newly admitted refugees, who number 288,000, mainly in Germany (79,700), France (51,000) and Italy (21,100).
Prior to the Russian invasion, more than 6.8 million Syrians were displaced, the highest number for a single country, although this figure was surpassed by Ukrainian refugees.
According to the latest UN estimates, more than 13 million people have fled their homes since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, including 4.9 million in neighboring countries, while eight million people are believed to be displaced in inside Ukraine.
At the end of 2021, Turkey hosted nearly 3.8 million refugees, the largest population in the world, followed by Uganda and Pakistan with 1.5 million.
Germany was the EU country hosting the most refugees with 1.3 million of them. These figures are likely to change significantly in 2022, given that Poland already hosts more than one million Ukrainian refugees.