According to UNHCS’s 2021 Mid-Year Trends Report, by the end of June 2021, the number of refugees under UNHCR’s mandate had surpassed 20.8 million, which is 172,000 people more than at the end of 2020. More than half of the new recognitions were from these five countries: the Central African Republic (71,800), South Sudan (61,700) Syria (38,800), Afghanistan (25,200), and Nigeria (20,300). In the same period, there were 92,100 newly displaced Venezuelans in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Global Refugee Popullation
The number of asylum-seekers had climbed to 4.4 million, compared to 4.1 million at the end of 2020.According to UNHCR, more than 6 million refugees are fleeing Ukraine since February 2022. The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes seeking safety, protection, and assistance.
In all likelihood, the global refugee population has reached a new high in 2022, surpassing 30 million people..