Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

One person displaced every three seconds in 2016

One person displaced every three seconds in 2016

For the fifth year in a row, the number of people displaced worldwide continued to increase from an already historically high level.

All in all, more than 737,000 people fled the conflict in South Sudan past year.

Another 2 million people are internally displaced.

In addition, the figure "illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported", UNHCR said, warning that the absence can create instability in the host countries. Then there are asylum-seekers who have fled their country but haven't been granted refugee status.

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Iraq has the fourth-highest displaced population with 4.2 million, followed by South Sudan with 3.3 million.

Turkey was the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world, with 3.1 million, followed by Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Pakistan.

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Of the 65.6 million people forcibly displaced globally, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, about two-thirds of them (6.9 million) fleeing within their own countries.

Saltmarsh said the number of refugees is placing an enormous burden on the nations playing host.

"The richest and most stable countries from Europe to the United States do their uttermost to keep refugees away. Borders must be kept open, but we can not expect a country like Uganda to shoulder the entire bill", said Egeland.

Of this number, 22.5 million are refugees - those forced to leave their country; 40.3 million are displaced persons or those who find temporary shelter within the same country; and 2.8 million are asylum seekers - people who have fled their country and are seeing worldwide protection as refugees.

This adds up to an huge human cost of war and persecution globally: 65.6 million means that on average one in every 113 people worldwide is today someone who is displaced - a population bigger than that of the world's 21 most populous country, the United Kingdom.

Thirty-seven countries have taken in refugees, and most refugees (84 percent) were in developing nations, because they tend to be closest to areas of conflict.

He expressed hope that this report will provide an opportunity to the rich countries to rethink to host the refugees. Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees at 824,000. He called the figures a failure of diplomacy, reports BBC News.

"We are in an extremely hard situation and ultimately the solution has to come from global states upholding their obligations and supporting refugees, but also helping to bring crises to a close", said Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesman for the UNHCR.

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