War, violence, persecution push displacement to new unprecedented high

UNHCR’s new Global Trends report  says that at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.

Syrian war orphans Mohammed Adlani (left), 8, and Mohammed Chami, 11, take a bus to school from the Islamic Charity Association Orphanage in Homs.

War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published today by UNHCR.

UNHCR’s new Global Trends report  says that at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide – some 300,000 more than a year earlier. This total represents an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide. Read Global Trends Report