The number of people fleeing their homes due to violence or persecution jumped 63 percent in the last decade to 70 million in 2019, according to a United Nations report cited by CNN.
The figure includes 41.3 million individuals who have been internally displaced, as well as 25.9 million refugees and 3.5 million asylum seekers. Children account for more than half of this group.
The figures indicate that, on average, one of every 108 people on the planet is now displaced, with close to 37,000 individuals fleeing their homes every day.
The study, released on Wednesday, comes days after the Mexican government vowed to take steps to stop the flow of migrants into the United States, driven by the threat of Trump-imposed tariffs.
The United States received more asylum requests than any other country, but a large proportion of these claims are rejected, in part due to the administration's efforts to dampen migration into the country, according to the Atlanta-based outlet.
According to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, it is developing countries, rather than their wealthier counterparts, that bear the brunt of the world’s migrant crisis. “We must not forget that 91% of the refugees do not live in the European Union, but are often admitted to developing or emerging countries.”