Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

The total figure includes refugees, asylum-seekers and people uprooted inside their own countries.

The numbers of those displaced is likely to be over a million by end of the year, UNHCR said. First is refugee numbers, which at 22.5 million are the highest ever seen.

Syria and South Sudan were far from the only countries where people were being uprooted en masse, with Monday's report also pointing to large-scale displacement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan, just to name a few.

Third is asylum seekers, people who have fled their country and are seeking worldwide protection as refugees.

According to the report, Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees at 2.9 million, followed by Pakistan, and then Lebanon.

Syria's six-year conflict alone has sent more than 5.5 million people seeking safety in other countries, including 825,000 last year alone, making it the world's biggest producer of refugees.

Across the world, the number of displaced people had risen by 300,000 by the end of 2016 from a year earlier - though the pace of the increase had eased from past years, the UNHCR report said. Of the 65.6 million people forcibly displaced globally, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, about two-thirds of them (6.9 million) fleeing within their own countries. The total refugee population - people who fled their home countries - was about 22.5 million people, and almost half of those were children.

Worldwide, most refugees - 84 per cent - were in low- or middle-income countries as of end 2016, with one in every three (4.9 million people) being hosted by the least developed countries.

Refugee children from South Sudan walk in Bidibidi resettlement camp in the Northern District of Yumbe on April 14, 2017.

One of the fastest growing refugee populations was sparked by conflict in South Sudan after Africa's longest civil war left 2.2 million people displaced in 2011.

Grandi also warned of the burden being placed on numerous world's poorest states, as some 84 per cent of the world's displaced people are living in poor and middle income countries, the BBC reported. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents.

Another 22.5 million people - half of them children - were registered as refugees a year ago, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is "the highest level ever recorded".

Below are some facts from the United Nations refugee agency's Global Trends Report published ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday.

UNHCR produces its Global Trends report annually based on its own data, the data it receives from its partner the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and data it receives from governments.

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