The 12th edition of the Statistical Yearbook reports that 45.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution and conflict at the end of 2012, the highest number in almost 20 years. Some 15.4 million people were refugees, 10.5 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 4.9 million Palestinian refugees registered by UNRWA. The global figure included 28.8 million internally displaced persons and some 928,200 asylum-seekers.
In addition to presenting the global levels and trends in populations of concern to UNHCR, the Yearbook includes chapters covering methodological issues, durable solutions and new displacement, asylum and refugee status determination, and the demographic characteristics and locations of populations of concern. It also provides insight into UNHCR’s emergency response from a statistical angle.