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The Americas at a crossroads: UNHCR and IOM call for a collaborative response to refugees and migrants

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The Americas at a crossroads: UNHCR and IOM call for a collaborative response to refugees and migrants

Panama. Refugees and migrants brave hazardous jungles of Darien Gap on their way north

Genesis Gonzalez, 29, hugs her four-year-old daughter after making the perilous journey through the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama.

Key facts and figures

103 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced

by mid-2022 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

74% are hosted in low- and middle-income countries

Low- and middle-income countries hosted 74 per cent of the world’s refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad.*


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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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Current Emergencies

Our help and experts are ready for rapid deployment around the world. We can launch an emergency operation in 72 hours, thanks to a global network of suppliers, specialized agencies and partners. Read more about our emergency response and current emergencies.

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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 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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Our primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee and those denied a nationality.
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