Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

More people were forcibly displaced in 2016 than ever before

However, it is still much less dramatic leap than in 2014-2015, when the number of people forced to flee their homes, has increased by five million.

The record number includes 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced people and 2.8 million asylum seekers.

The number of people displaced by armed conflict or government persecution reached a seven-decade high at the end of 2016, according to the United Nations division responsible for monitoring global refugees.

"By any measure this is an unacceptable number", said UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, urging "solidarity and a common objective in preventing and resolving crisis". While civil conflicts have driven many Somalis out, there have also been desperate conditions such as famines and droughts that have forced people to leave the country.

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

This makes Pakistan the second country after Turkey to host the largest number of refugees out of which a large number of them comprises of Afghan nationals, BBC reported on Monday. South Sudan, with a little over a quarter, has the next-biggest proportion - and fastest growing displaced population overall, the agency said.

The majority of those displaced in the sub-Saharan country are children.

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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.

Uganda needs more help from the global community in dealing with huge numbers of refugees from South Sudan, Amnesty worldwide said Monday.

Despite peace agreements and efforts to address a growing refugee crisis, the number of people forcibly displaced around the world continued to climb previous year, according to a United Nations report issued Monday. In total, 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 different countries. The report says even this number is likely to underestimate the true figure.

And while developed countries continue to debate how to best manage increased arrivals of people fleeing war and persecution, it is developing regions which continue to assume the lion's share of refugee populations. Syria, Iraq, and the still very significant displacement inside Colombia were the biggest internal displacement situations, nonetheless the problem of internal displacement is a worldwide one and accounts for nearly two thirds of the global forced displacement total. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents.

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.

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