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Record 68.5 million displaced worldwide — United Nations refugee agency

22 June 2018

Grandi said governments in many rich countries had adopted "despicable" rhetoric on migration, ignoring their duty to help people fleeing war or persecution.

We are now at 68.5 million people displaced or refugees globally. "This is causing a great pressure and strain along the entire worldwide protection regime". This is 29 lakh (2.9 million) more than in 2016, also the biggest increase the UNHCR has seen in a single year.

Asylum seekers still awaiting the outcome of their claims to refugee status also rose by around 300,000.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees released its annual report on Tuesday, one day before World Refugee Day.

But around 70% of that number are people from just 10 countries, he told reporters in Geneva ahead of the report's launch. The agency calculates that one in every 110 people in the world is a refugee, either internally displaced or seeking asylum. In addition, we are supporting refugees and other vulnerable communities to cope, recover and sustain development gains in the short to long term.

"The situations in the DRC and Myanmar deteriorated rapidly in the second half of 2017, affecting millions of people".

The consequences of the lack of responsibility sharing were evident this month when the rescue vessel Aquarius with 629 refugees and migrants was denied entry to Italian ports.

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Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan's war, and the flight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh from Myanmar. "Rich countries are building walls against families fleeing war, at the same time as less money is available for aid to people in conflict areas", Ms. Egeland said.

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

Refugees from Myanmar more than doubled previous year to 1.2 million, as a brutal army crackdown forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to pour across the border into Bangladesh.

"They're living in camps. They will remain there until it's deemed safe for them to return home".

"On measures that result in separating children from their families, we are very concerned and have expressed this concern", he said. There were also 2,100 claims from the United States, but these were mostly USA -born children of third-country nationals who were living in the United States before seeking protection in Canada. "If you had a collective commitment, the picture could be different", she said.

Two Syrian children, Vahide and Busrawho, who have been resettled in Turkey.

This equates to some 44,500 people being pushed out of their homes every day, or one person every two seconds, UNHCR said. The majority returned from internal displacement.

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A record number of people are displaced by violent conflict and disasters around the world.

Past year around 60,000 people profited from resettlement, which Grandi described as a "gesture of burden sharing".

"We are facing a huge challenge".

"The only resolution that Syria is going to find is a military solution", he said.

"Asylum is a lifeline and everybody has a part to play".

Across the Atlantic, more European countries are embracing insular, anti-migrant policies.

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Record 68.5 million displaced worldwide — United Nations refugee agency