Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide: UNHCR

A record 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2016, reports the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) — a number higher than the U.K.’s entire population. The revelation was made on 19 June 2017 in the UN Refugee Agency’s annual. More than 300,000 in 2015 — consists of more than 40.3 million internally displaced people, 22.5 million refugees and 2.8 million asylum seekers, according to the UNHCR’s annual Global Trends survey.


1. This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds — less than the time it takes to read this sentence.

2. Most people who have been forced from their homes flee within their own country, and are defined as internally displaced people, or IDPs.

3. At the end of 2016, there were some 40.3 million IDPs in the world, down slightly from 40.8 million a year earlier, with Syria, Iraq and Colombia accounting for the greatest numbers.

4. Another 22.5 million people- half of them children — were registered as refugees last year, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is “the highest level ever recorded”.

5. During the year, 10.3 million people were newly displaced by conflict or persecution. This included 6.9 million individuals displaced within the borders of their own countries and 3.4 million new refugees and new asylum-seekers.

6. For the third consecutive year, Turkey hosted the largest number of refugees worldwide, with 2.9 million people.

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