13:16 May. 11, 2016
1.7 million people displaced by conflict in eastern Ukraine
Nearly 41 million people in the world are considered internal migrants in their own countries with Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine topping the list.
In 2015, Yemen, Syria and Iraq registered more than 4.6 million IDPs. In general, the worldwide number of internal refugees increased by 8.6 million last year, according to the report of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The report was published on May 11, Deutsche Welle says.
According to the organizations, 40.8 million people in the world were displaced by conflict and violence. These figures do not include those who left their countries in search of a better life somewhere else.
"This is the highest rate that has ever been recorded", dpa quoted Jan Egeland, NRC's Secretary General as saying.
Last year the greatest number of new IDPs were reported in Yemen, where a Saudi Arabia-led coalition conducts a military campaign against the Shi'ite rebels. In 2015, 2.2 million IDPs were registered here. 1.3 million refugees were registered in civil war-torn Syria, while Iraq, with its campaign against the Islamic State, had 1.1 million IDP's.
Beyond the Middle East, Ukraine is ranked fourth among the countries with the highest number of internally displaced people. In 2015, 942,000 people were forced to leave their homes. A total of 1.7 million people have been displaced as a result of the conflict in east Ukraine between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed militants.
"When rich countries try to protect their borders against asylum seekers and refuse to help them, millions of people remain trapped in their own countries, where they can get killed any minute", said Carsten Hansen, NRC's regional director in the Middle East.
Watch also Ukraine Today's Viewpoint with Oleksandr Pavlichenko, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Chairman: Long way for Ukraine to protect the rights of IDPs from Donbas and Crimea
According to the report, five countries - Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Sudan and South Sudan - since 2003 have invariably been among ten countries with the highest number of internally displaced people.
Last year the number of IDPs all over the world totalled 38 million.
Read the full Global Report on Internal Displacement
Source - internal-displacement.org