This chart displays the trend in the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide. The number of people forcefully displaced reached a historic high of 79.5 million in 2019 — this is equivalent to 1% of the world’s population. The Syrian war, tensions in Venezuela and conflicts in South Sudan, Myanmar and Afghanistan have been the primary drivers for the numbers of displacements in 2019. These five countries accounted for 68 per cent of all refugees and displaced people in the world in 2019.

Conflicts and political instability, especially in the Middle East and North Africa region, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have created a refugee crisis unprecedented since World War II. There are now over 79 million people forcibly displaced. Twenty-six million are refugees from conflict, with millions of additional people currently seeking asylum or in refugee-like situations. This represents a 71% increase since 2008. The number of internally displaced people has risen at an even more dramatic rate, with a 75 per cent increase in the number of IDPs since 2008. Latest estimates suggest that almost 46 million people across the world are currently internally displaced.



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