How many refugees are there in the world?

The global refugee situation is changing and evolving every year. As of the end of 2020, the UNHCR reported 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

The global refugee situation is changing and evolving every year. As of the end of 2020, the UNHCR reported 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. This breaks down to:

  • 48 million internally displaced persons,
  • 7 million refugees (under UNHCR mandate),
  • 7 million Palestinian refugees (under UNRWA’s mandate),
  • 1 asylum seekers, and
  • 9 million Venezuelans displaced abroad*.

*Persons of Venezuelan origin who are likely to be in need of international protection under the criteria contained in the Cartagena Declaration, but who have not applied for asylum in the country in which they are present.