33.3 mln people displaced last year

Baku: Conflict and violence uprooted a record 33.3 million people within their countries last year, according to a new United Nations-backed report released Wednesday, which adds that 63 per cent of them are in five countries – Syria, Colombia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan.

Last year’s figure is a “staggering” increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running, according to a news release on the report. Nigeria features for the first time, with the report documenting that an “astounding” 3.3 million people there have been displaced by conflict.

Jan Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said that the record number of people forced to flee inside their own countries confirms a “disturbing upward trend” of internal displacement since the Centre first began monitoring and analysing displacement back in the late 1990s.

Several displaced persons got houses in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. However, 285,000 displaced persons are living in the shelters with bad condition.

According to official information, there are 597,429 displaced persons in Azerbaijan. The state policy on displaced persons is temporary up to returning of Nagorno Karabakh and 7 surrounding districts.

At the same time, there are 8,400 displaced persons in Armenia.


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