Record 5.5M Displaced By War In First Half Of 2014; 46.3M Persons Of Concern Worldwide, UNHCR Report Shows

News outlets discuss data from a new report by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.

Reuters: Syrians largest refugee group after Palestinians: U.N.
“…At more than three million as of mid-2014, Syrians accounted for nearly one in four of the 13 million refugees worldwide [under the U.N. refugee agency’s mandate], the highest figure since 1996, it said in a report. Some five million Palestinians refugees are cared for by a separate agency, UNRWA…” (Nebehay, 1/7).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. report: 5.5 million displaced by war in first half of 2014, setting record
“The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) in its new Mid-Year Trends 2014 Report showcases that of the 5.5 million who were newly displaced, 1.4 million fled across international borders becoming refugees, while the rest were displaced within their own countries also known as IDPs or internally displaced persons. That said, the new data brings the number of people [UNHCR considers persons of concern] to 46.3 million as of mid-2014 — some 3.4 million more than at the end of 2013 and a new record high…” (1/7).