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65.6 mn people displaced worldwide, 84% living in poor countries, says UN

UNHCR hoped wealthy countries would be encouraged to accept more refugees, invest in peace promotion

IANS  |  United Nations 

A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said on Monday. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to its annual report. It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC. But UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said it was still a disheartening failure of international diplomacy. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you will see old ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:06 IST
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