Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

The United Nations refugee agency said the number of people displaced from their homes across the world climbed slightly to 65.6 million past year. This total represents an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide.

The 2016 report showed that the number of refugees worldwide reached 22.5 million, the most ever. 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.

Of the total, some 10.3 million people were newly displaced in 2016, around two-thirds fleeing within their own countries.

He said the trend increased drastically following renewed violence in July 2016, warning that if it continues, South Sudan risks disintegration.

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

'By any measure, this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common goal in preventing and resolving crises, ' he said.

Among the report's key findings, is that new displacement in particular remains very high.

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.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions of others while dividing communities along ethnic lines and leaving the nation in severe food insecurity and on the edge of economic collapse.

Most people who have been forced from their homes flee within their own country, and are defined as internally displaced people, or IDPs. Still, the report said, many returnees "did so in less than ideal circumstances and facing uncertain prospects".

- One person became displaced every three seconds in 2016. The report showed that 84 percent of all refugees who crossed borders went to low- or middle-income countries at the end of 2016, and that roughly 1 in 3 was hosted in the poorest countries, which can least afford the burden.

South Sudan's civil war, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes - almost a third of the population.

They were followed by some 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans, 4.2 million Iraqis and 3.3 million South Sudanese.

Overall, the refugee population from the world's youngest country swelled 85 percent previous year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents.

Below are some facts from the United Nations refugee agency's Global Trends Report published ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday.

- The fastest growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan.

Figures are based on the agency's own data and on numbers reported by governments and non-governmental organizations.

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