Record 70.8 million people displaced at the end of 2018, according to UN

In this April 19, 2019 photo provided by the United Nations, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, addresses the media at United Nations headquarters. The United Nations refugee agency says a record 71 million people have now been displaced worldwide from war, persecution and other violence. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)

More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, the UN said on Wednesday. UNHCR described the figure of 70.8 million at the end of 2018 as “conservative”, particularly because the number of people who fled Venezuela’s devastating crisis is undercounted. The increase can be attributed to surging displacement in Ethiopia caused by inter-ethnic conflict, and Venezuela.