As of late 2019, the worldwide number of refugees made 79.5 million people. Last year, nine million were forces to leave their homes because of wars, violence, conflicts and fears of persecution. This is mentioned in Global Trends, the report filed by the UNHCR.
"UNHCR has not seen a higher total", reads the article on the UNCHR website. "Forced displacement is now affecting more than one per cent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – and with fewer and fewer of those who flee being able to return home".
According to Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, "we are witnessing a changed reality in that forced displacement nowadays is not only vastly more widespread but is simply no longer a short-term and temporary phenomenon. People cannot be expected to live in a state of upheaval for years on end, without a chance of going home, nor a hope of building a future where they are. We need a fundamentally new and more accepting attitude towards all who flee, coupled with a much more determined drive to unlock conflicts that go on for years and that are at the root of such immense suffering".