Displaced People Worldwide: A Responsibility to Protect

Displaced People Worldwide

More than 60 million people worldwide are now forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution. Several million people remain displaced because of natural disasters, although updated statistics are not available.

More than 15 million of the uprooted are refugees who fled their home countries, while another 27 million are people who remain displaced by conflict within their own homelands  – so-called ‘internally displaced people’.

Major refugee populations include Syrians (3 million externally and 6.5 million internally), Palestinians (4.8 million), Afghans (2.9 million), Iraqis (1.8 million), Somalis (700,000) Congolese (456,000), Sudanese (370,000).

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