Up to 65.6 million people were displaced due to war and persecution at the beginning of 2017, according to new displacement figures launched by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Monday.

A United Nations report shows that there are 65.3 million refugees around the world who have been displaced due to war, poverty, economic conditions and natural disasters.

About 22.5 million people are seeking safety across global borders as refugees, which is the highest number recorded since the UNHCR's founding in 1950 following World War II. "This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds", the report said, "less than the time it takes to read this sentence".

A United Nations (UN) report documented that almost 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes a year ago.

The UNHCR found that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen from 33.9 million in 1997 to 65.6 million in 2016. A more recent driver of refugees is the conflict in South Sudan, where a breakdown in peace talks led to an outflow of 737,400 people by the end of a year ago, the report said.

The world's 65 million refugees deserve praise for their resilience and courage and those who receive them should be recognized for welcoming them into their communities, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday. The conflict in Syria was the world's biggest producer of refugees (5.5 million). Germany, in contrast, has accepted the biggest number of refugees and asylum-seekers mostly from Syria, although even this number is very small compared to the top recipients such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. He called the figures a failure of diplomacy, reports BBC News.

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

"The displaced persons deserve to continue with their education and provided with economic support for safe living conditions".

The UNHCR also estimates that at least 10 million people were without a nationality or at risk of statelessness at the end of 2016.

South Sudan, the world´s fastest growing refugee crisis, has by now forced 1.9 million people to flee across the border.

Among its findings, the report noted that some 75,000 asylum claims were received from unaccompanied minors. I mean what does the United Nations or other humanitarian organizations say about this?

At the same time, desperately needed funding for humanitarian aid in the country has begun to dwindle, Grandi said.

While 2016 was another record year for forced displacement, the increase from 2015 was only 300,000. 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.

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

The impression that refugees mainly went to wealthy countries "is a complete myth", he said.

A Ghanaian UN peacekeeper stands watch as children look on at a protection camp for displaced civilians in Bentiu, South Sudan June 18, 2017.


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