More than 70 million people were forced to flee their homes last year because of wars, conflicts and persecutions, according to a new report by the United Nations
The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR report released on Wednesday indicates that this was the highest level it had seen in the past 70 years.
According to the UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, this amount — more than the population of Thailand — has doubled over the last two decades
The number is divided into three main groups namely refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people (IDPs).
The report said an additional 2.9 million people were displaced in 2018.
Forced to flee their countries because of conflict, war or persecution, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million around the world in 2018.
Asylum seekers, classified as people outside their country of origin and receiving international protection, hit 3.5 million people worldwide.
The third and most populous group, Internal displaced numbered at more than half of all displaced at 41.3 million, and encapsulated people who uprooted from their homes to other areas within their own country.