The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the number of international migrants grew to 281 million in 2020, or 3.6 percent of the global population.
That marks an increase from the 272 million international migrants counted in 2019, when they made up 3.5 percent of all people in the world.
The IOM stressed that there would have been another two million international migrants last year had it not been for the pandemic, which made it far more complicated to move across borders.
“We are witnessing a paradox not seen before in human history,” IOM chief Antonio Vitorino said in a statement.
“While billions of people have been effectively grounded by Covid-19, tens of millions of others have been displaced within their own countries.”
Some 40.5 million people were living as internally displaced at the end of 2020, up from 31.5 million a year earlier.
UN says international migration rose last year despite Covid-19 impact (france24.com)
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