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UN report says worldwide displacement could hit record high

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The United Nations says the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will far surpass a record 60 million this year.

The report by the United Nations refugee agency says one in every 122 humans today is someone who has been forced to flee their homes.

It notes that the figure includes 20.2 million refugees, the highest total since 1992.

The report says the numbers were mainly driven by the Syrian war, conflict in Ukraine and other protracted conflicts.