The United Nations says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has for the first time increased the number of people displaced from their homes in the world to more than 100 million.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement on Monday that the war in Ukraine and other devastating conflicts have prevented violence and human rights abuses around the world, according to media reports. The number of people displaced for the first time has crossed the 100 million mark.
According to the UNHCR, the number is “alarming” and the world should work to end the conflicts that are forcing people to flee their homes.
At the end of last year, the United Nations estimated that 90 million people had been displaced by violence in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Congo.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 this year, displacing 8 million Ukrainians and forcing 6 million to cross the border in search of asylum.
UNHCR chief Filippo Grande said: “100 million is a huge number and in many ways serious and worrying. This is a record that should not have been set. “
“It must be a voice for awakening the world so that it can work to resolve and prevent catastrophic conflicts, to end oppression, and to address the root causes that are innocent,” he said. They are forcing people to flee their homes.
The number of tens of millions is more than one percent of the total population of the world, while there are currently only 13 countries in the world with a population of more than tens of millions.
According to the UNHCR, this number includes refugees, asylum seekers, and 50 million people who have become homeless in their own countries.
The head of the UNHCR said that the global response to those displaced by the war in Ukraine has been very positive.