A record 65.6 million people worldwide were forced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016, the United Nations said on Monday.
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- Below are some facts from the UN refugee agency's Global Trends Report published ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday.
- One in 113 people worldwide is displaced. - A record 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 - more than the population of Britain - and an increase of 300,000 over the previous year.
- This included 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million uprooted within their countries and 2.8 million asylum seekers.
- One person became displaced every three seconds in 2016.
- More than half of refugees globally come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and SouthSudan.
- The fastest growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan.
- Nearly two-thirds of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.
- Developing regions host 84 per cent of the world's refugees.
- Lebanon cares for the largest number of refugees relative to its national population, with one in six people a refugee, followed by Jordan (one in 11) and Turkey (one in 28).
- Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees (2.9 million) followed by Pakistan (1.4 million) and Lebanon (1 million).
- Children under 18 make up just over half the refugee population.
- There were 2 million new asylum claims in 2016. Germany received the highest number, followed by the United States, Italy and Turkey.
- Unaccompanied or separated children - mainly Afghans and Syrians - lodged some 75,000 applications in 70 countries in 2016. But this is thought to be an underestimate as the data is incomplete.
- Some 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 countries.
- Some 552,200 refugees returned to their countries of origin - more than double the previous year. Most returned to Afghanistan.
- At least 10 million people are estimated to be stateless.
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