Refugees and migrants cross the border between Serbia and Hungary.
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Global Trends 2015

Forced displacement hits a record high

War and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since records began, with over 65 million men, women and children now displaced worldwide.

This means one in every 113 people on earth is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee, according to the 2015 edition of our Global Trends report.

Despite the immensity of this human suffering, searching for safety and protection is increasingly perilous.

"At sea, a frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year; on land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders."

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

The vast majority of the world’s refugees – nine out of 10 – are hosted in the global South, led by Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon. Half are children, and half come from just three war-torn countries – Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. 

View the Global Trends 2015 report to learn more about those who have been forced to flee.


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Global forced displacement hits record high

UNHCR Global Trends report finds 65.3 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015.

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