80M People Displaced Globally In 2020, Reaching Record Level, U.N. Says

Al Jazeera: More uprooted, fewer return, pushing forcibly displaced above 80 million
“Despite calls for ceasefires and compassion amid the coronavirus pandemic, violence and persecution have continued to force people from their homes, with record numbers now displaced, says the United Nations. By the end of 2019, 79.5 million people were living uprooted and displaced, including nearly 30 million refugees — more than one percent of the world’s population. The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday said preliminary figures showed more people had been forced to flee in 2020, pushing the number past 80 million…” (12/9).

U.N. News: More uprooted, fewer return, pushing forcibly displaced above 80 million
“The year saw a continuation of the conflicts and humanitarian crises in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Somalia, and Yemen that have driven people from their homes in previous years, as well as significant new displacement resulting from brutal violence, including rape and executions, across Africa’s Central Sahel region. But 2020 also added a new factor: the COVID-19 pandemic…” (12/9).

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