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More than 59 million internally displaced in 2021

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GENEVA, 20th May, 2022 (WAM) — 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 to conflict and violence.

Last year was no exception, according to the report. Weather-related events such as floods, storms and cyclones resulted in some 23.7 million internal displacements in 2021, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region.

IOM warned that with the expected impacts of climate change, and without ambitious climate action, numbers are likely to increase in the coming years.

Meanwhile, conflict and violence triggered 14.4 million internal displacements in 2021, a nearly 50 percent increase over the previous year.

The report also includes a special focus on children and youth, who account for more than 40 percent of those internally displaced last year.

WAM/Rola Alghoul/Esraa Ismail

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