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Russian invasion of Ukraine caused record refugees number in the world

Jun 14, 2023

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to the largest annual increase in the number of people forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations in decades.

This is reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to a report by the UN Refugee Agency.


In 2022, the number of displaced persons increased by 21% and at the end of the year was estimated at 108.4 million people. In May 2023, this number is likely to have increased to more than 110 million people, with the ongoing Russian invasion and war in Sudan as the main drivers of the increase.

“These figures show us that some people are far too quick to rush to conflict, and way too slow to find solutions. The consequence is devastation, displacement, and anguish for each of the millions of people forcibly uprooted from their homes,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.

The total number of refugees worldwide increased by a record 35%, or 8.9 million people, to 34.6 million by the end of 2022, the report says. The increase was mainly due to people from Ukraine and revised estimates of the number of Afghans in Iran and Pakistan.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 14/06/2023

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