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The number of people fleeing violence exceeds 100 million for the first time due to the war in Ukraine | International

The war in Ukraine and other conflicts have raised the global number of refugees and displaced people to over 100 million people, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Monday. Since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, 14 million people, more than a quarter of the national population, have had to leave their homes. More than six million of them have crossed the borders with neighboring countries, while another eight million are displaced on Ukrainian territory.

“It is a record that should never have been broken,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. This milestone, according to Grandi, “should be a wake-up call to end conflicts, persecutions, and address the causes that force innocent people to flee their homes.”

The number of refugees and displaced persons in the world at the end of 2021 was around 90 million people, already a record at that time. UNHCR, which will publish its official number of displaced people in the world in 2021 shortly before International Refugee Day (June 20), recalls other recent and serious current refugee crises beyond Ukraine, such as that of Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others.

Humanitarian aid for this group “is a palliative, but not a cure: the only way to reverse this trend is peace and stability, so that the innocent do not have to choose between being in danger at home or fleeing precariously towards exile”, highlighted Grandi.

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