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Record 65.3M People Displaced Worldwide Due To Violence, Persecution, Conflict, UNHCR Report Says

CNN: UNHCR report: More displaced now than after WWII
“The U.N.’s refugee agency reports that the number of displaced people is at its highest ever — surpassing even post-World War II numbers, when the world was struggling to come to terms with the most devastating event in history…” (McKirdy, 6/20).

Deutsche Welle: U.N. reports record-breaking 65 million people displaced last year
“…A record-breaking 65.3 million people were driven from their homes due to violence, persecution, and conflict in 2015, according the agency’s annual Global Trends report released to coincide with World Refugee Day…” (6/20).

The Guardian: One in every 113 people forced to flee, says U.N. refugee agency
“…With 24 people being displaced every minute and the threshold of 60 million crossed for the first time, the number of forcibly displaced people across the world is now greater than the entire population of the U.K. Were the 65.3 million to be counted as the population of a single country, it would be the 21st largest in the world…” (Jones, 6/20).

New York Times: Record 65 Million Displaced by Global Conflicts, U.N. Says
“…While most are displaced within their own countries, an unprecedented number are seeking political asylum in the world’s rich countries. Nearly 100,000 are children who have attempted the journey alone…” (Sengupta, 6/20).

Reuters: Record 65.3 million people displaced, often face barriers: UNHCR
“…Germany, where one in three applicants was Syrian, led with 441,900 claims, followed by the United States with 172,700, many of them fleeing gang and drug-related violence in Mexico and Central America. Developing regions still host 86 percent of the world’s refugees, led by Turkey with 2.5 million Syrians, followed by Pakistan and Lebanon, the report said…” (Nebehay, 6/20).

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