New Report Shows Highest Ever Figures for Internal Displacement in 2022
According to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), 2022 saw the highest ever recorded figures for internal displacement, with 28.3 million people displaced due to conflict and violence alone. Of this figure, 60% of those displaced were from Ukraine. The report also highlighted the impact of natural disasters, which resulted in 32.6 million internal displacements worldwide last year, largely due to floods in Pakistan and Typhoon Noru in the Philippines.
Experts have warned that the frequency and intensity of such natural disasters are expected to increase due to climate change, which will undoubtedly cause even higher numbers of internal displacement. Antonio Vitorino, the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), commented on the report, stating that it is crucial to step up efforts on climate action and invest in safe and orderly routes of migration. This is vital to ensure that humanitarian aid and basic services reach those who need it most in a timely manner, he added.
Aside from natural disasters, food insecurity has also been highlighted as a potential roadblock to solutions for internal displacement. With so many people displaced globally, it is essential that humanitarian aid and services are properly directed and managed, so that those impacted by displacement can receive the necessary support to rebuild their lives.