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New Report Shows Number Of Displaced People Doubled Since 1970s, Majority Due To Natural Disasters

Norwegian Refugee Council: 22 million people displaced by disasters in 2013
The new “Global Estimates” report from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre released Wednesday says, “Four decades of data show that twice as many people are being displaced today than in the 1970s. … [T]his is largely due to the growth and concentration of urban populations, particularly in vulnerable countries. … Displacement caused by disasters is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale, frequency and complexity…” (9/17).

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