The UN Organization for Refugees, UNHCR, has forecast a marked increase in the demand for global refugee resettlement.
According to the Projected Global Resettlement Needs Assessment, over 2.4 million refugees will require resettlement in 2024, a 20 percent increase from 2023.
Urgent action is needed to solve the mounting problems faced by millions of refugees and displaced people globally due to the worsening refugee crisis and the rise of new displacement scenarios.
“The number of refugees needing resettlement in 2024 is increasing worryingly. Resettlement remains a crucial lifeline for those most at risk and in need, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “I ask all states with the means to step up and provide sustainable and multi-year resettlement commitments to offer safety and protection to those in need and to share the responsibility for refugees with the international community,” reads.
With almost 730,000 refugees needing assistance with resettlement in Asia, which accounts for 30% of global requirements, the area is expected to have the highest level of needs in 2024.
Out of almost 116,000 applications submitted in 2022, only 58,457 refugees were allowed to travel for resettlement. UNHCR still strongly supports providing extra space for urgent and medical situations and guaranteeing prompt processing and departure.
Resettlement offers a lifeline of safety to persons exposed to extreme risks by giving a long-lasting solution. It also plays a crucial role in alleviating the load on host countries and improving the broader protection framework.