Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017

Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017

As of the end of 2017, 68.5 million people around the globe had been forcibly displaced from their homes, 16.2 million of whom were newly displaced — the equivalent of 44,500 people being displaced eevery day, or a person becoming displaced every two seconds, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. The report, Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017 (76 pages, PDF), found that refugees who have fled their countries to escape conflict and persecution accounted for 25.4 million of the total — 2.9 million more than in 2016, the biggest increase UNHCR has recorded in a single year. The report also found that the number of asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their claim to refugee status rose by around 300,000 to 3.1 million, while the number of people displaced inside their own country fell slightly, to 40 million from 40.3 million in 2016.

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