5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis

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The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes is the highest since World War II. According to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently living as refugees or as displaced persons inside their own countries. This includes 10.3 million people who were uprooted from their homes in 2016. Syria continues to be the largest source of refugees. According to the U.N., 12 million Syrians — more than half the country's population — have been forced from their homes. Five million have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, while the rest remain inside Syria, officially labeled as displaced persons. Syria is also the largest source of new refugees: 824,000 in 2016. It was followed by South Sudan,...

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