Report: Nearly 76M Internally Displaced Worldwide

Report: Nearly 76M Internally Displaced Worldwide
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The Facts

  • According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center's latest report on Tuesday, the number of global internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached a record 75.9M in 2023.

  • The report found that nearly two-thirds of new displacements due to conflict occurred in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Palestinian territories.


The Spin

Narrative A

The global internally displaced and refugee population has surged in recent years due to increasing violence and human rights abuses. Many states are reducing humanitarian aid and adopting tough stances on the most vulnerable people, shirking responsibility. Every refugee or IDP represents a failure to ensure peace and security. By working together, such crises can be managed and alleviated. Everyone has a role to play in this collective effort.

Narrative B

The assertion of a record number of displaced people is potentially misleading. Up to 200M people were displaced during World War II, dwarfing current figures. Historical displacement data is incomplete. Today, the proportion of displaced relative to the global population is lower, and support systems are stronger. Highlighting "record" displacement may cause helplessness or anti-immigrant sentiment, simplifying complex issues and reducing lives to statistics.


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