Connect with us


Number of IDPs increased by 20% in 2022 – report



Conflicts, hunger and climate change led to a record number of internally-displaced people in 2022, according to a report released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva on Thursday.

The number of people displaced in their homelands jumped to 71.1 million in 2022, which is a 20 per cent increase since 2021.

Many were displaced more than once.

In Ukraine alone, close to 5.9 million people were displaced internally because of the Russian offensive in 2022.

Several million people also fled abroad from Ukraine.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), around five million people received protection in Europe.

However, the IDMC report deals exclusively with displaced people who remained in the country where they previously lived.

Around 28.3 million people were displaced by conflict and violence in their own countries in 2022, almost twice the number in the previous year.

Some 32.6 million people had to leave their homes due to natural and climate disasters, 40 per cent more than in 2022.

This was triggered by natural disasters such as droughts and floods.

The reports listed 10 countries that dealt with severe internal displacement problems to include Syria, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Colombia, Ethiopia, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan.

Sheji Halima

NEWSVERGE, published by The Verge Communications is an online community of international news portal and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective. A unique organization, founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favour. The Verge Communications is fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a corporate organization.



Shell Digital Plan RESPONSIVE600x750
Shell Digital Plan RESPONSIVE600x750