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Our impact

Annual Report

The number of people displaced by conflict around the world is now the highest it has ever been since World War II.

In Nigeria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere, conflict and natural disaster have uprooted millions and put the lives of millions more at risk. The Syrian conflict rages into its seventh year, and fighting in neighbouring Iraq forces thousands more to leave their homes.

Many of the 21 million refugees across the world will spend years in exile. Most will never return home. Instead they will rebuild their lives as best they can in foreign cities, towns and villages alongside local populations.

Girls are taught maths in an IRC-run school in Pakistan’s Jalozai camp, home to almost 10,000 people displaced by fighting between the Pakistan army and the Taliban.
Girls are taught maths in an IRC-run school in Pakistan’s Jalozai camp. Photo: Peter Biro

Wherever they resettle, the IRC is there to help. We provide vital aid that makes an immediate difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

We also provide economic support, education and skills training that help refugees not just survive but to recover and thrive. And we work to unite refugees, displaced people and their host communities so all may prosper.

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15,000+

women and girls supported through protection and empowerment programmes in Jordan

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The IRC's work in Jordan
3,500+

refugees supported through cash relief programmes in Greece

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The IRC in Greece
5,000+

children and youth supported through school and education programmes in Nigeria

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The IRC in Nigeria

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  • "Last year, the number of people displaced by conflict worldwide surpassed 65 million. If displaced people could form a country, it would be the 21st largest in the world, with a population greater than the United Kingdom. "
    David Miliband
  • "With 1 in every 113 people displaced by conflict and persecution, many of whom have no hope of returning home for decades, now is the time to reassert our support and humanity in countering these challenges."
    Jane Waterman