UNHCR: 65.3 million people displaced in 2015

UNHCR estimates that around 65.3 million people were uprooted from their settlements across the world in 2015. The figures were higher than the 59.5 million people in 2014, the refugee’s population is said to be increased by 50 percent over the five years.

Intense civil conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has driven the latest exodus, bringing the total number of refugees to 21.3 million, half of them children, the UNHCR said in its “Global Trends” report marking World Refugee Day.

A record 2 million new asylum claims were lodged in industrialized countries in 2015 and nearly 100,000 of them were children with no caretakers.

Germany asylum claims stands at 441,900, where one in three applicants was Syrian, followed by the United States with 172,700, many of them fleeing gang and drug-related violence in Mexico and Central America.

Developing regions still host 86 percent of the world’s refugees, led by Turkey with 2.5 million Syrians, followed by Pakistan and Lebanon, the report said.

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