MADRID, June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
More than two million refugees will need to be relocated to other parts of the world in 2023, an increase of 36 percent compared to 2022 data, which the United Nations says will require the clear commitment of the international community.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has this data, a drastic increase compared to the 1.47 million places needed in 2022, on the humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prolongation of the displacement crisis and the emergence of new ones .
With this resettlement program, UNHCR wants to respond to the needs of refugees who are not adequately protected in the places where they are. More than 662,000 people need care in Africa alone, compared to almost 464,000 in the Middle East and North Africa region.
By country, Syrian refugees are the most represented on this list for the seventh consecutive year – nearly 778,000 – leaving the UN looking to transfer more than 417,000 people currently living in Turkey. Agency spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo recalled that “the Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest in the world”.
Syrian refugees are followed by numbers from Afghanistan, around 274,000 according to UNHCR, while wing numbers are also recorded in the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (190,000), South Sudan (118,000) and Burma (114,000).
However, overall demand is not always matched by a wider international response, as resettlements have fallen to an all-time low of just 22,800 in 2020 and have failed to reach 40,000 in 2021.
UNHCR trusts governments can make “predictable and multiannual” commitments, while calling for more “flexibility” to allow the organization to act more quickly in the face of urgent needs.