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43 million    The number of people worldwide displaced because of conflict or persecution was nearly 43 million in 2010.

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 1A: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day


Humanitarian crises and conflicts continue to uproot
millions of people across the globe. They also hinder
the return of refugees and those internally displaced.
As of end 2010, close to 43 million people worldwide were displaced due to conflict and persecution, the highest number since the mid-1990s and about half a million more than the previous year.


Of these, 15.4 million are refugees, including 10.5 million who fall under the responsibility of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and 4.8 million Palestinian refugees who are the responsibility of the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).


In addition, 27.5 million people have been uprooted by violence and persecution but remain within the borders of their own countries. While often not displaced per se, UNHCR estimated that some 12 million people were stateless.


Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011.

Reference:, p. 15