Record 65.6 mn people displaced worldwide, says UN

In recent years, about 66 million people, or 1 percent of the world population, have fled their homes.

A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the United Nations refugee agency said.

In South Sudan to launch the UNHCR's annual refugee report, Grandi said his agency had already worked there for decades, helping hundreds of thousands fleeing the territory's long wars with Khartoum.

According to the report, Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees at 2.9 million, followed by Pakistan, and then Lebanon.

Monday's report also pointed out that, despite huge focus on Europe's migrant crisis, it is poorer countries that host most of the world's refugees.

The vast majority of displaced people, 40.3 million, left their home but did not cross the border of their country. Then there are asylum-seekers who have fled their country but haven't been granted refugee status.

However, the total seeking safety across global borders as refugees topped 22.5 million, the highest number seen since UNHCR was founded in 1950 in the aftermath of the Second World War.

â€When we stand together with refugees, we also stand for respect and diversity for all, ” says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

In 2016, the conflict in South Sudan became the fastest-growing displacement of people in the world.

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Uganda received 532,725 new refugees previous year, and was the country receiving the largest number of refugees worldwide.

The UN refugee chief voiced most alarm over the rapidly deteriorating situation which he said was now the world's "fastest growing refugee crisis and displacement crisis", and has swelled by 85 percent a year ago.

The "unprecedented high" reveals that one in every 113 people worldwide is displaced and a person was displaced every three seconds in 2016, half of which were children under age eighteen.

This was announced by the Agency for refugees of the United Nations. Syria, Iraq, and the still very significant displacement inside Colombia were the biggest internal displacement situations, nonetheless the problem of internal displacement is a worldwide one and accounts for nearly two thirds of the global forced displacement total. In total, 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 different countries.

However, figures in the report showed that, worldwide, most refugees - 84 per cent - were in developing or middle-income countries at the end of 2016, with one in every three (4.9 million people) being hosted by the world's least developed countries.

In South Sudan, Grandi said the combination of violence, ethnic strife, lack of development, climatic factors and global neglect was unmatched anywhere in the world. Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees, 824,000.

Around half a million other refugees were able to return to their home countries, and about 6.5 million internally displaced people to their areas of origin - although many did so in less than ideal circumstances and facing uncertain prospects.

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Grandi on Sunday visited South Sudan's largest camp for internally displaced people in the town of Bentiu.

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