Conflict Pushes Displaced People to Record 65.3 Million


refugees on raft

Liam Moloney – June 20, 2016

A record 65.3 million people were registered as displaced by persecution and conflict in 2015, and many of them encountered closed borders and stronger antiasylum sentiment, the United Nations said on Monday.

It was the highest annual figure since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees started keeping records, marking the first time the 60-million barrier was breached.

The number includes asylum seekers, refugees entitled to international protection and internally displaced people forced to leave their homes to avoid persecution.