According to a report, one person in every second was displaced in their home country in 2016 due to conflicts and disasters.
Over 31 million people were displaced in the previous year with nearly seven million of them living in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, according to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, part of the aid agency Norwegian Refugee Council.
Also, 24 million people were forced to flee their homes to another area due to natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires. They were mainly from Asia.
The IDMC said that unlike refugees who seek asylum elsewhere, internally displaced people cannot claim international protection and are often overlooked by the world.
“It can easily fall off the agenda because national governments, in some cases, don’t want to acknowledge it and certainly don’t want anyone externally to start looking into the affairs in their sovereign state,” IDMC Director Alexandra Bilak told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
In 2016, 824,000 people in Syrian and 659,000 in Iraq were forced to flee their homes because of the foreign-imposed conflicts that paved the way for ISIS and other terrorist groups to emerge.
Millions of Syrians were displaced during the first year of the war but they could not flee the country until 2014 and 2015.
Also more than 400,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict.