International community has ‘completely failed’ to protect civilians living in conflict zones, according to a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

World displacement 2014 teaseThe threat of violence from new and ongoing conflicts displaced 11 million people inside their own countries in 2014, bringing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide to 38 million, a report has said.

Conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan and Syria forced more than 4.5 million people from their homes last year, fuelling an estimated 15% surge in the total number of IDPs, according to the annual report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), published on Wednesday.



Last year’s figures show the worst internal displacement “in a generation” signalling that the international community has “completely failed” to protect civilians living in conflict zones, said the NRC’s secretary general, Jan Egeland. Roughly 30,000 people were forced from their homes every day in 2014, according to the study.

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Instability in countries like Syria, where a civil war has been raging for more than four years, often forces IDPs to move around their country more than once to avoid violence. In Syria, at least 7.6 million people have been internally displaced, the highest number in the world, and representing 35% of Syria’s population, the report said.

Ukraine’s conflict forced at least 646,500 people from their homes in 2014, marking the first time Europe has experienced mass displacement in more than a decade, according to the report.

The annual report assesses 60 countries and territories that are involved in international or internal armed conflict, or are experiencing religious, ethnic and political violence, in an effort to identify where the highest numbers of people have been internally displaced.

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