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New UNHCR report shows increase in worldwide refugee population due to Ukraine crisis


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The annual UNHCR global trends report was published today. It shows a marked increase in the global refugee population, to 29.4 million refugees internationally, excluding Palestinians. The equivalent figure in the 2021 report was 21.3 million. Where are they hosted? Only a tiny proportion in the UK:

In contrast, 339,300 refugees returned home and only 114,300 refugees were resettled out of camps last year. UNHCR estimates that 1.5 million people globally are in need of resettlement because they are in a protracted refugee situation, meaning they had been refugees for longer than five years. For each refugee that was returned or resettled in 2022, there were 16 new refugees.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.