UNHCR global trends report | 2021

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued its annual global trends report that looks over the situation of forcibly – i.e. as a result of war, violence, persecution, and human rights abuses – displaced people in 2021.

Data analyzed in the document reveals that by the end of last year, there were a total of 89,3 million forcibly displaced people all over the globe. Compared to 2020, that marks an 8 percent increase and well over double the figure of 10 years ago. Furthermore, in May, 2022, the number of forcibly displaced people exceeded the milestone of 100 million.

During the previous year, the number of refugees increased to 27.1 million (including Palestine refugees), whereas the number of asylum seekers reached 4.6 million, Venezuelans displaced abroad – 4.4 million, and internally displaced people – 53.2 million.

More than two thirds (69 percent) of refugees or Venezuelans displaced abroad came from just five countries – Syria (6.8 million), Venezuela (4.6 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.4 million), and Myanmar (1.2 million).

In 2021, 83 percent of refugees or Venezuelans displaced abroad came from low or middle income countries. The largest number of refugees per capita was hosted by Lebanon (1 out of 8), Jordan (1 out of 14), and Turkey (1 out of 23).

The report also attests that in 2021 children, who currently account for 30 percent of global population, constituted 41 percent of all forcibly displaced people.

Full report and interactive infographics can be accessed: here