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Young refugee athlete defies odds to compete in Paris Olympics


Young refugee athlete defies odds to compete in Paris Olympics

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UNHCR helps to save lives and build better futures for the millions of people forced to flee their homes.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution or war at home.

Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.

We help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.

Key facts and figures

117.3 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced.
Most refugees – 75 per cent – are hosted by low- and middle-income countries.

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The climate crisis is no longer a distant threat. It’s happening right now, and those forced to flee conflict are being hit the hardest.

UNHCR Annual Global Trends Report


UNHCR annual Global Trends report 2023

UNHCR's Global Trends report presents key statistical trends and the latest official statistics on refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless persons.

Ongoing and new conflicts have driven displacement across the world in 2023, with over 117.3 million people forcibly displaced by the end of the year. This constitutes a rise of 8 per cent or 8.8 million people compared to the end of 2022 and continues a series of year-on-year increases over the last 12 years.

View the Global Trends report

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