The world’s forcibly displaced population reached a record high. In its annual Global Trends report the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017. Among them were 16.2 million people who became displaced during 2017 itself. Large-scale displacement across borders is less common than the 68 million global displacement figure suggests. Four out of five refugees remain in countries next door to their own. Two thirds come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. Most refugees live in urban areas (58 per cent) not in camps or rural areas and 53 per cent are children, including many who are unaccompanied or separated from their families.
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UNHCR, Global Trends report 2018
UNHCR, Press, 19.06.2018
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