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People Worldwide Forced From Their Homes In Record Numbers In 2016

People around the world were forced to leave their homes in record numbers in 2016.

A report from the U.N. refugee agency found 65.6 million people were displaced from their homes last year. That's 300,000 more people than the year before.

The report tracked three types of movement: refugees, internal displacement and asylum-seekers.

The report defines refugees as those forced to leave their homes for other countries. People internally displaced are defined as still living in their home country, but have nowhere to actually live. Then there are asylum-seekers who have fled their country but haven't been granted refugee status.

In 2016, 22.5 million refugees fled their home country — the highest number since the agency was founded in 1950.

SEE MORE: Here's Just How Many Displaced People There Were In 2016

The U.N. attributes a lot of that uptick to the Syrian war. Twelve million people in the country were forced to abandon their homes in 2016 — that's more than half of the country's population.

The report says following Syria's totals, Colombia has the second highest displaced population in the world at 7.7 million, then Afghanistan with 4.7 million, Iraq with 4.2 million and South Sudan at 3.3 million. The ranking does not include the 5.3 million registered Palestinian refugees.

South Sudan has the fastest-growing displaced population in the world after peace efforts in the country fizzled out in July. The majority of those displaced in the sub-Saharan country are children.


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