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Record 65.6M People Displaced Globally, UNHCR’s Annual Report Shows

BBC News: U.N. refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide
“A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced across the globe, the U.N. refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to its annual report…” (6/19).

Deutsche Welle: U.N.: Record 65 million people displaced worldwide
“…The figures, which are released annually ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20, showed that more than 10 million of the world’s displaced people were uprooted from their homes in the past year alone. Some 3.5 million displaced people crossed international borders for the first time to become refugees…” (6/19).

Devex: What you missed reading UNHCR’s global trends
“…The statistics appear to shatter hopes that greater international engagement, political will, and solidarity could aid millions on the run. The rate of displacement is now equivalent to 20 people fleeing their homes every minute of every day. … For our expert community, Devex took a look beyond the statistics in the report to look at a few trends that you might have missed…” (Dickinson, 6/20).

The Guardian: One person forced to flee their home every three seconds by war and violence
“…According to the report, refugee numbers were the highest ever in 2016, at 22.5 million, with the majority of people coming from Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan. Half of all refugees were children. … The vast majority of displaced people, 40.3 million, left their home but did not cross the border of their country. Syria, Iraq, and Colombia — which has endured decades of conflict — had the largest number of internally displaced people…” (Ratcliffe, 6/19).

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