Nearly 4 million displaced people were registered in Colombia from 1997 to 2012, according to the annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), released here today. However, the study also notes, that the figure continues rising. The updated data by the Colombian government sets the number of people forced to leave their hometowns in 4.7 million, in a population of 47 million people ..

Refugees - Colombia - 1The UNHCR highlights another disturbing trend; the rise of mass displacement. Between January and May 2013, the study exemplifies, 3.621 families were affected by 53 events.

The 49 percent of these events, it describes, concentrated in eight municipalities so far this year and in two of them Medellin and Buenaventura, got concentrated the largest number of intra-urban displacement.

Taking as reference the annual number of displaced people in the world from 1997 to date (7.6 million), the number of those reported in Colombia during the same period is a little more than the half.