Refugee numbers at record level: UN

    Refugee numbers at record level: UN

    June 20, Geneva: The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, According to the UN refugee agency.

    It is estimated that 65.3m people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5m in a year. This represents one in every 113 people on the planet, it adds.

    Meanwhile, the UN refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as it struggles to cope with the migrant crisis.

    The influx of people, the biggest since World War Two, has led to greater support to far-right groups and controversial anti-immigration policies.

    In its annual report marking World Refugee Day, the UN said it was the first time ever that the number of refugees worldwide passed the 60m mark.

    Over half of all of them came from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, refugee agency added.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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