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Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide Says UNHCR

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UNHCR has recorded 65.6 million people displaced worldwide. Out of this some of them are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe.

Key Notes:

The announcement was made on 19 June 2017 in the UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study.

  • Developing regions host 84% of the world’s refugees.There were 2 million new asylum claims in 2016. Germany received the highest number, followed by the United States, Italy and Turkey.
  • As per the report a record 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016. It is more than the population of Britain – and an increase of 300,000 over the previous year.
  • This included 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million uprooted within their countries and 2.8 Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide Says UNHCRmillion asylum seekers.
  • One person became displaced every three seconds in 2016. The fastest growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan.
  • More than half of refugees globally come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
  • Altogether, 55% of all refugees worldwide came from just three countries: Syrian Arab Republic (5.5 million), Afghanistan (2.5 million) and South Sudan (1.4 million).
  • Nearly two-thirds of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.
  • Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees (2.9 million) followed by Pakistan (1.4 million) and Lebanon (1 million).
  • It is for the third consecutive year that Turkey hosted largest number of refugees.
  • Children under 18 make up just over half the refugee population.
  • Some 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 countries.
  • Some 552,200 refugees returned to their countries of origin – more than double the previous year. Most returned to Afghanistan.
  • At least 10 million people are estimated to be stateless.


  • Formed on 14 December 1950
  • Head: FilippoGrandi
  • UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for refugees