UNHCR’s Global Trends Report 2020, released on the occasion of World Refugee Day, paints a bleak picture of the situation of refugees and displaced people worldwide.
The report stated that the Middle East and North Africa region hosted nearly a quarter of the forcibly displaced people around the world, while the total number of internally displaced people in Yemen reached 4 million people, and the levels of internal displacement also remained high in Iraq.
The report states that at least one person is subjected to forced displacement every two seconds, while the number of refugees around the world during the year 2020 reached more than 26 million, and the number of displaced people reached 82.4 million.
For the seventh year in a row, Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, with a number approaching 4 million, and Syria is at the forefront of countries whose citizens have been forced to seek asylum.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urged world leaders to intensify their efforts to promote peace, stability and cooperation in order to stop the prevailing trend of nearly a decade and begin to reverse course. Behind every number there is a person forced from their home, and a story of deprivation and suffering.