News 19 june — 16:40

UN: Record 65.6M people forcibly displaced worldwide

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Turkey, for the third consecutive year, has hosted the largest number of refugees worldwide, a new UN report has said, Anadolu Agency reports.

Turkey was also the world’s fourth-largest recipient of individual asylum claims in 2016, according to the UNHCR.

A record 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced across the world and the global refugee population was also the highest on record -- 22.5 million -- at the end of 2016, according to the agency.

The UNHCR's new Global Trends report on displacement said at the end of last year 300,000 more people than the preceding year had been displaced.

Out of the 65.6 million worldwide total, 22.5 million are refugees, 40.3 million are internally displaced and 2.8 million are asylum seekers.

The main country of origin for refugees in 2016 was Syria, accounting for 5.5 million refugees. Afghanistan was second with 2.5 million and South Sudan was third with 1.4 million.

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