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Is Australia’s response to refugees generous? An analysis of UNHCR Global Trends statistics from 2013 to 2022

Ten years of growing displacement

When UNHCR released its 2013 Global Trends, it reported that the third year of the war in Syria had pushed the number of people forcibly displaced to 51.2 million – 16.7 million refugees (11.7 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 5.0 million Palestinian refugees registered by the UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency), 1.2 million people seeking asylum and 33.3 million internally displaced persons.

Since then, further displacement from Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Ukraine has seen the number of people forcibly displaced more than double to 108.4 million by the end of 2022 – 35.3 million refugees (29.4 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 5.9 million Palestinian refugees under UNRWA’s mandate), 5.4 million people seeking asylum, 62.5 million people internally displaced and 5.2 million Venezuelans without formal refugee status but in need of protection.

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