Nearly 65.6 M forcibly displaced in 2016 UNHCR

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By 2017-10-13

By Cassendra Doole

Nearly 65.6 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations by the end of 2016 according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Addressing the Galle Dialogue 2017, a Senior Protection Officer of the UNHCR, Igor Ivancic, said that during the year 2016 some 10.3 million people were newly displaced by conflict or persecution; "this included 6.9 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and 3.4 million new refugees and asylum seekers," he added.

"2016 has, yet again, set a new record high figure, with some 300,000 more forcibly displaced persons on record compared to 2015. Some 22.5 million were refugees of which 17.2 million were under the UNHCR's mandate," he further stated adding that children below the age of 18 consisted of half the refugee population in 2016.

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