The global population of people who were forced to flee their homes has exceeded 50 million, according to the United Nations — levels not seen since comprehensive record-keeping began in 1989.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released its annual Global Trends report Friday, aggregating data from governments and outside organizations. The report says 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes at the end of 2013. The UN formally considers 16.7 million of them to be refugees, while another 33.3 million are internally displaced persons who’ve fled their homes but not left their country of origin. Yet another 1.2 million of them are currently seeking asylum.
“We are seeing here the immense costs of not ending wars, of failing to resolve or prevent conflict,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Friday, which is also World Refugee Day. “Peace is today dangerously in deficit.”
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