Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million a year ago


The figure of 65.6 million comprises three important components.

The number of new asylum claims remained high at two million.

The number of people displaced from their homes across the world climbed slightly to 65.6 million previous year, with the escalating conflict in South Sudan accounting for the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said Monday.

- More than half of refugees globally come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

- One in 113 people worldwide is displaced.

Third is asylum seekers, people who have fled their country and are seeking global protection as refugees. Turkey hosted the most refugees with 2.9 million people.

Ten of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced since violence broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba in mid-December 2013.

The UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited a camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Saturday and called on the country's leadership to help stem the flow of people from within its borders. "For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear".

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- Almost two-thirds of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

- Some 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 countries. The total refugee population - people who fled their home countries - was about 22.5 million people, and almost half of those were children.

A full 84 per cent of refugees are living in low- and middle-income countries, UNHCR said, blaming this "huge imbalance" on "the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict". It also illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported - the absence of which can create instability, have consequences for life-saving humanitarian work, or lead to secondary displacement.

- This included 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million uprooted within their countries and 2.8 million asylum seekers.

Uganda, which host almost half of the displaced South Sudanese, has been praised for having an accommodative refugee policy. The report says even this number is likely to underestimate the true figure.

Another 22.5 million people - half of them children - were registered as refugees previous year, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is "the highest level ever recorded". It has since exceeded 3 million.

The agency's Global Trend Report was published just ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday, illustrating several facts and figures about the current refugee crisis.