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'It’s just the start of my journey'


'It’s just the start of my journey'

Asif Sultani, an Afghan athlete and refugee activist living in Australia, shares his lessons on overcoming defeat and cultivating resilience.
Australia. Olympic Hopefuls - Tokyo 2020. Martial artist Asif Sultani

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, war or disaster at home.

Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital 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.

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Key facts and figures

89.3 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced

at the end of 2021 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

83% are hosted in low- and middle-income countries

Low- and middle-income countries hosted 83 per cent of the world’s refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad.*


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Türkiye. Devastation and destruction in Hatay in aftermath of earthquakes
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UNHCR Annual Global Trends Report


UNHCR annual Global Trends report 2021

UNHCR's Global Trends report presents key statistical trends and the latest numbers of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced and stateless persons.

If ongoing conflicts remain unresolved and the risks of new ones erupting are not reined in, one aspect that will define the twenty-first century will be the continuously growing numbers of people forced to flee and the increasingly dire options available to them.

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A young Rohingya girl holds her little brother
UNHCR protects people forced to flee conflict and persecution. We are there for refugees, asylum-seekers, people displaced within their own country and stateless persons.
A UNHCR staff member shows a group of Rohingya refugees the direction to a transit centre.
UNHCR delivers life-saving assistance in emergencies, safeguards fundamental human rights, and helps displaced people find a safe place to call home.
A UNHCR staff member helps an elderly Syrian refugee woman to step down from a bus.
UNHCR supports countries to develop national refugee legislation, increase capacity in refugee status determination and introduce protection safeguards in immigration procedures.