Highest number of people displaced since World War II – Ethiopia tops list

Ethiopia has the highest number of new displacements globally, as new figures reveal over 70 million people are on the move worldwide – the highest number ever recorded.

“Every day an average of 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes. The international community must provide safety and protection for fleeing families, not build fortified walls to lock refugees out. Rich countries now host a meagre 16 per cent of global refugees, as international peace diplomacy is failing and new horrific wars come on top of too many unresolved conflicts,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) while visiting Ethiopia.

Egeland’s visit coincides with World Refugee Day tomorrow, which sees over 70 million people displaced worldwide, according to UNHCR. This is 2.3 million more people than last year and twice as many as 20 years ago.

“No one chooses to be displaced. No one chooses to be uprooted from their homes or forced to flee with nothing but the clothes on their back. Refugees find themselves caught up in a vicious cycle that they did not create but cannot escape. The suffering I witnessed in Ethiopia is heartbreaking,” said Egeland.

Ethiopia has a strong record of welcoming refugees. But the extreme levels of new displacement brought on by internal conflict have put immense strain on the country. An estimated 3.2 million people were displaced by conflict and drought by April this year. On top of this, Ethiopia hosts over 900,000 refugees, mainly from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

Coffee farmer Abraham was forced to flee to the Gedeo region because of the conflict in West Guji. He told NRC that needs among his community are high: “I have seen a lot of people starve to death because they couldn’t find anything to eat.”

“Ethiopia is the definition of a forgotten crisis,” said Jan Egeland. “Despite colossal needs, the crisis is under-reported, under-financed and under-assisted. The scale and quality of the humanitarian response is grossly inadequate.”

The UN’s aid appeal for Ethiopia called for $1.31 billion for 2019, but is only a third funded halfway through the year.

Despite repeated promises of increased international responsibility sharing, richer countries hosted a meagre 16 per cent of refugees last year, and international support to poorer host countries is insufficient to meet the scale of needs.

“We need a 180-degree shift in attitudes. Wealthier nations must share the heavy-lifting, dig deep and support generous countries like Ethiopia to ease the human suffering of millions fleeing from conflict worldwide,” said Egeland.

Norwegian Refugee Council


  1. Congratulations bigots!!!! I hate to say this but I wish you were not even born!!! You went to school like everyone else but you had learned nothing but how to hate others. You went to college but you wrote thesis nothing in it but a baseline for bigotry. You slept hatred, you dreamed hatred, you ate and drank hatred toward others. You planned to send that gem of the colored, the workshop of harmonious living asunder and you deserve to take a bow from every goon present and past for such accomplishment. You just made Hitler jealous in his grave. You just got compliments from Mussolini and his sob Graziani for fulfilling their lost dream. Atomwaffen, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, The White Citizens Council, The Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls just raised a toast celebrating your astounding accomplishments. Bigots!!!! You damn, damn bigots!!!!

  2. Skilled manpower of Ethiopia of all ethnic backgrounds are displaced to Tigray in the last year. The political change of PM Abiy displaced peaceful hardworking Ethiopians of all ethnicities to Tigray.
    In TIGRAY engineers are close to building agricultural machineries. METEC built so many tractors before the political change brought PM Abiy to power, now since General Kinfe was arrested METEC is selling it’s assets with all it’s experience and knowhow on building farm machineries displaced to Tigray.

    METEC’s highly skilled design engineers employees are vowing to help Tigray only, by being angry on the displacement of METEC employees with their leader , General Kinfe thrown in jail by the PM Abiy’s goverenment.

    Now the 10’s of thousands of engineering students at METEC University are not given accrediation upon graduation by PM Abiy’s goverenment even though the students are better engineers than students that graduated with engineering degrees from other engineering schools in the country . It is said former Derg’s Defense Construction Corporation CEO , General Tadesse attested to the skills of METEC University graduates but now Colonel Abiy is denying the METEC University graduates accreditation.

  3. I suggest to all Tigrayans who are outside Tigray region in Ethiopia, get ready to pack up and leave Ethiopia in a moments notice.

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