More than 59 million internally displaced in 2021

Published date20 May 2022
Publication titleLETA

A record 59.1 million people were displaced within their homelands last year, or four million more than in 2020, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday, citing the latest Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID).

IOM has welcomed the report, produced by its partner, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), calling it a valuable tool for the organisation, humanitarians, and governments, in supporting communities affected by disasters and other crises.

"Understanding, managing, and adapting to human mobility trends is crucial to ensure humanitarian assistance and essential services are reaching people where they are most needed," the UN agency said.

For the past 15 years, most internal displacement was triggered by disasters, with annual numbers slightly higher than those related...

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