A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide from war, persecution and other violence, the UN refugee agency has revealed.
That figure represents an increase of more than 2 million from last year and an overall total that would amount to the world’s 20th most populous country.
The annual ‘Global Trends’ report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people at the end of 2018, in some cases following decades of living away from home.
The figures, coming on the eve of World Refugee Day on Thursday, are bound to add fuel to a debate at the intersection of international law, human rights and domestic politics, especially the movement in some countries, including the US, against immigrants and refugees.
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