Record 68.5 Million Displaced in 2017, 3M Refugees Created — UN Refugee Agency

Newly arrived children await UNHCR transport from Nadapal transit centre to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya

Forty million people are displaced within their own countries, and another 28.5 million have crossed a border and become refugees.

By the end of 2017, the number was almost three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50% increase from the 42.7m uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to a report by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

More than 68 million people were forced to flee their homes a year ago as a result of war, violence and other forms of persecution, according to a new report from the UN's refugee agency.

The annual report, released ahead of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, suggested that on average, a person became displaced every two seconds past year.

Nai Jit Lam is calling on the worldwide community to step in and provide safety to the growing number of displaced people around the world. Although Europe hosted 30.7 per cent of the refugee population, more than half of them were in Turkey.

In addition, 70 per cent of the world's displaced are nationals of just 10 countries, according to the UNHCR report.

NRC is concerned to see new border barriers raise in front of people fleeing war and persecution, and the refugees' rights being under threat.

A total of 173,800 unaccompanied and separated child refugees and asylum-seekers were reported previous year, and 45,500 unaccompanied and separated children sought asylum on an individual basis.

Colombia remained the country with the largest internally displaced population for the second year in a row, with 7.7 million people.

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Most refugees - just over two-thirds of all refugees worldwide - came from just five countries: Syria (6.3 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), South Sudan (2.4 million), Myanmar (1.2 million) and Somalia (986,400).

For the fourth consecutive year, Turkey has hosted more refugees than any other country in the world, a new United Nations report released Tuesday said. The officials further clarified that although the UNHCR described all the displaced people as refugees, the number of actual refugees stands at less than 35,000.

In 2017, Turkey remained the largest host nation, with a population of 3.5 million refugees, while Lebanon had the greatest number in comparison to its population.

In its annual Global Trends report, UNHCR said 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017. Anor significant rebound was Myanmar's aftermath of violence that erupted in August past year and forced almost a million rohinyá, a Muslim minority to whom former Burma does not recognize nationality, to cross border with Bangladesh to flee what M ISM Secretary General of UN, António Guterres, defined it as an ethnic cleansing.

Refugees who have fled their countries to escape conflict and persecution accounted for 25.4 million.

Earlier, Grandi called for a "new and far more comprehensive approach" to deal with the refugee situation.

"In numerous countries NRC work, people in power are referring to how European countries are closing their borders, when they want to defend their decision to close their own borders". Germany was second with more than 198,000. "No one becomes a refugee by choice; but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help". Many of these are developing nations that are finding it hard to continue supporting the refugees.

667,000 refugees returned to their home country a year ago.

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