Global displacement rising despite lockdowns that kept billions grounded

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There was a melodramatic summation successful interior displacement owed to disasters, conflict and unit in 2020, but global mobility overall, ground to a halt owed to COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

That is the main uncovering of the World Migration Report 2022, launched on Wednesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

For IOM's Director General, António Vitorino, the satellite is "witnessing a paradox not seen earlier successful quality history.” 

“While billions of radical person been efficaciously grounded by COVID-19, tens of millions of others person been displaced wrong their ain countries,” he said. 

Key findings 

Globally, the fig of aerial passengers dropped 60 per cent last year to 1.8 billion, down from 4.5 cardinal successful 2019. 

At the aforesaid time, internal displacement roseate to 40.5 million, up from 31.5 cardinal in the twelvemonth before. 

According to the report, the fig of migrants crossing international borders has grown from 84 cardinal globally successful 1970 to 281 cardinal successful 2020.  

When planetary colonisation maturation is factored in however, the proportionality of planetary migrants has lone inched up from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the world’s population, in those 5 decades. 

That fig means that astir everyone successful the world, 96.4 per cent, resides in the state successful which they were born.  

IOM besides estimates that the fig of planetary migrants for 2020 was lower, by around two million, than it different would person been without the pandemic. 


In presumption of regions, Europe and Asia hosted around 87 and 86 cardinal planetary migrants, respectively, comprising 61 per cent of the planetary global migrant flow. 

These regions were followed by North America, with astir 59 cardinal planetary migrants, equivalent to 21 per cent of the total, Africa astatine 9 per cent, Latin America and the Caribbean at five per cent, and Oceania at three percent. 

When compared with the size of the colonisation successful each region, shares of planetary migrants were highest successful Oceania, North America and Europe, where they represented, respectively, 22 per cent, 16 per cent and 12 per cent. 

In comparison, the stock is comparatively tiny successful Asia and Africa - 1.8 per cent and 1.9 per cent, respectively - and Latin America and the Caribbean, 2.3 per cent. 

In the past 2 decades, Asia experienced the astir singular growth, astatine 74 per cent, or around 37 cardinal radical successful implicit terms. Europe experienced the second-largest growth, followed by North America and Africa. 

Although lone a tiny proportionality of the world's population qualify as international migrants, determination exists wide saltation astatine the state level. 

In immoderate countries, specified arsenic the United Arab Emirates, for example, over 88 per cent of the population fit the designation. 


The study notes an wide summation successful remittances successful caller decades, from $126 cardinal successful 2000, to $702 cardinal successful 2020. 

There were predictions of a ample diminution in these transfers made by migrants straight to families oregon communities successful their countries of origin because of the pandemic, but 2020 only saw a flimsy drop of 2.4 per cent compared to the year before. 

India, China, Mexico, the Philippines and Egypt were the apical 5 remittance recipient countries, though India and China were good supra the rest, with total totals exceeding $83 cardinal and $59 billion, respectively. 

High-income countries are astir ever the main root of remittances. For decades, the United States has consistently been top of the table, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Germany. 


Accompanying the report, IOM has besides launched an online interactive platform that allows users to research and interact with cardinal data and a toolkit to enactment teachers, truthful they can provide balanced, close and absorbing learning materials. 

The 2022 edition of the study also has a caller and elemental fact-checkers' toolkit to assistance bust cardinal myths connected migration. 

In summation to information analysis, the study covers circumstantial topics such as climate change, peace and development, human trafficking, COVID-19, disinformation, and artificial intelligence. 

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