People Worldwide Forced From Their Homes In Record Numbers In 2016

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed to stakeholders to support the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe with opportunities to rebuild their lives.

On World Refugee Day, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Jean-Nicolas Beuze said Canada has done its fair share of resettling refugees, especially with more recent efforts to welcome Syrian refugees.

The European Union estimates that about 65.6 million people forcibly fled their homes in 2016 and 10.3 million individuals were newly displaced due to conflict and persecution, which is an equivalent of one displaced person every second.

Along with the 6.3 million Syrians displaced inside the country, these numbers show that a almost two thirds of all Syrians have been forced from their homes, the report said.

Grandi also called for properly protecting and caring for the world's refugees, internally displaced and asylum-seekers - who now number 22.5 million, 40.3 million, and 2.8 million, respectively. Of that figure, one in every three people, roughly 4.9 million people, were hosted by the least developed countries. They are followed by 7.7 million displaced Colombian refugees, 4.7 million Afghan refugees and 4.2 million Iraqi refugees.

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While 2016 was another record year for forced displacement, the increase from 2015 was only 300,000.

Another 22.5 million people - half of them children - were registered as refugees a year ago, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is "the highest level ever recorded".

If the country's population, which is overwhelmingly homogeneous, reaches a point where it is ready to accept more refugees, it would be possible for the government "to expand the resettlement program, which has been running for a number of years", Hebecker said. That may not sound like cause for celebration, but when you consider that the figure in 2015 jumped by 5.8 million from the previous year, it is something of an improvement. "And for the better", he stated, noting that in countless communities, including in the poorest countries that host the vast majority of the world's refugees, business people, faith communities, teachers, journalists and many more are joining together to provide refuge to the displaced and foster their inclusion in their societies. Over 400,000 South Sudanese people have fled from their country to Sudan since fighting erupted in December 2013.

A full 84 percent of refugees are living in low- and middle-income countries like Lebanon, Pakistan, and Ethiopia the UNHCR said, decrying a "huge imbalance".

Syria and South Sudan were far from the only countries where people were uprooted en masse, with Monday's report also pointing to large-scale displacements in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan, just to name a few.

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