UNHCR reports 89.3 million displaced

UNHCR released its annual Global Trends report, covering displacement that occurred during 2021. The report says the number of people forcibly displaced was 89.3 million at the end of 2021, leaving the population of forcibly displaced at another record high.

Of these 89.3 million forcibly displaced,

  • 27.1 million were refugees
  • 53.2 million were internally displaced
  • 4.4 Venezuelans displaced abroad
  • 4.6 million were asylum seekers

83% of the world's refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad were hosted in low and middle income countries.

About 72% of refugees live in countries neighbouring their countries of origin.

"Since then, the Russian invasion of Ukraine – causing the fastest and one of the largest forced displacement crises since World War II – and other emergencies, from Africa to Afghanistan and beyond, pushed the figure over the dramatic milestone of 100 million. [...]

  • Türkiye hosted nearly 3.8 million refugees, the largest population worldwide, followed by Uganda (1.5 million), Pakistan (1.5 million) and Germany (1.3 million). Colombia hosted 1.8 million Venezuelans displaced abroad.
  • Lebanon hosted the largest number of refugees per capita (1 in 8), followed by Jordan (1 in 14) and Türkiye (1 in 23). Relative to their national populations, the island of Aruba hosted the largest number of Venezuelans displaced abroad (1 in 6) followed by Curaçao (1 in 10).
  • More than two thirds (69 per cent) of refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad came from just five countries: Syria (6.8 million), Venezuela (4.6 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.4 million) and Myanmar (1.2 million).


  • Asylum seekers submitted 1.4 million new claims. The United States of America was the world’s largest recipient of new individual applications (188,900), followed by Germany (148,200), Mexico (132,700), Costa Rica (108,500) and France (90,200).


  • 5.7 million displaced people returned to their areas or countries of origin in 2021, including 5.3 million internally displaced people and 429,300 refugees.

The report can be accessed at the following link:

UNHCR: Global Trends. Forced Displacement in 2021, 16 June 2022

For numbers on asylum decisions in the European Union in 2021, see the following EUROSTAT publication:

In 2021, EU Member States granted protection status to 267 360 asylum seekers, down by 5% compared with 2020 (281 055). [...]

The highest share of persons who received protection status were registered in Germany (33% of the EU total), ahead of France (17%), Italy (12%), Spain (8%), Austria and Greece (both 7%).

The largest group who obtained protection status in the EU in 2021 were Syrians (26% of the total number of persons granted protection status in the EU). They were followed by Afghans (20%) and Venezuelans (5%).

EUROSTAT: Asylum 2021: asylum decisions and unaccompanied minors, 4 May 2022

The EUAA has announced the release of its Asylum Report 2022 for 28 June: https://euaa.europa.eu/asylum-knowledge/asylum-report

Update 4 July 2022: Also see the annual overview 2021 of the EUAA's "Asylum Trends": https://euaa.europa.eu/latest-asylum-trends-annual-overview-2021

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