“It is a record that should never have been reached”: this is how Filippo Grandi of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva comments on the current situation. More than 100 million people are fleeing violence and war worldwide, according to new UNHCR figures. Conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ukraine are causing numbers to rise. More than 100 million refugees represent more than one percent of the world’s population. The figure includes refugees and asylum seekers, but also the approximately 53.2 million people who have been displaced within their states. “To reverse the trend, there is only one answer: peace and stability, so that innocent people are not forced to choose between acute danger in their own countries or dangerous flight and exile,” Grandi said.
Landratsamt Tübingen Unterkünfte. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.
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