The pandemic did not stem the tide of global displacement—but instead may have stranded would-be refugees and asylum seekers in 2020, according to the UN Refugee Agency Global Trends Report published Friday.
A record high number—nearly 82.4 million people, more than 1% of the world’s population—were forcibly displaced last year, reveals the report, released ahead of World Refugee Day yesterday.
Arrivals of new refugees and asylum seekers, however, fell sharply—about 1.5 million fewer people than would have been expected if not for the pandemic.
- 20.7 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate by the end of 2020
- Crises in Ethiopia, Sudan, Sahel countries, Mozambique, Yemen, Afghanistan and Colombia displaced 2.3 million people within their own countries—bringing the 2020 total of displaced people to 48 million
Top 5 host countries:
- Turkey: Host to just under 4 million refugees—mostly Syrian
- Colombia: Host to ~1.7 million displaced Venezuelans
- Germany: Host to nearly 1.5 million—with Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers making up the largest group
- & 5. Pakistan and Uganda—Host to ~1.4 million refugees each