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UNHCR urges immediate action amid heightened risks for displaced in eastern DR Congo

Briefing Notes

UNHCR urges immediate action amid heightened risks for displaced in eastern DR Congo

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Jimmy Lazaro, a father of six, sought safety for his family at a displacement site near Goma after his wife was killed by a bombing in Sake, North Kivu province. 

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108.4 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced.
Most refugees – 76 per cent – are hosted by low- and middle-income countries.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, protects people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution.

We work in more than 130 countries, protecting millions of people by responding with vital support, safeguarding fundamental human rights and helping them build a better future.

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Figures at a Glance

Basic data to understand the Refugee Crisis. More than 103 million  people around the world have been forced to flee their homes.

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UNHCR Annual Global Trends Report


UNHCR annual Global Trends report 2022

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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