The new U.N. Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, report revealed that a rising number of people worldwide are fleeing violence, insecurity, and the effects of the climate emergency, with over 84 million relocating within and beyond their home countries during the first half of this year.
Internally displaced people (IDP) make up more than half of the agency's total tally at 48 million. According to UNHCR, from January to June, there were also 26.6 million refugees as well as 4.4 million asylum-seekers and 3.9 million Venezuelans displaced abroad, which is its own category.
The actual number of stateless people in the world remains unknown due to a lack of accurate data.
"The international community is failing to prevent violence, persecution, and human rights violations, which continue to drive people from their homes," said Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees. "In addition, the effects of climate change are exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in many areas hosting the forcibly displaced." He pointed out that "It is the communities and countries with the fewest resources that continue to shoulder the greatest burden in protecting and caring for the forcibly displaced."