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UNHCR 2015 report – 65.3 million refugees and displaced people

UNHCR’s Global Trends 2015 report recorded the highest ever level of forced displacement at 65.3 million. This is made up of: 40.8 million internally displaced people, 21.3 million refugees and 3.2 million asylum seekers in industrialized countries. 1 in every 113 people globally is an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.


Syria (4.9 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million) and Somalia (1.1 million) produced nearly half of the world’s refugees. Colombia (6.9 million), Syria (6.6 million) and Iraq (4.4 million) had the largest numbers of internally displaced people. 90% of the world’s refugees were in low and middle income countries close to situations of conflict. Children constituted 51% of the world’s refugees in 2015 and there were 98,400 asylum requests from children who were unaccompanied/separated from their families. For details and additional materials go to: UN Global Trends 2015 Report