SHAFAQNA – The United Nations on Monday said that the number of people displaced worldwide has hit a new record, with 65.3 million people forced from their home as of the end of 2015.
The figures, released on World Refugee Day, underscore twin pressures fuelling an unprecedented global displacement crisis.
“This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed,” UNHCR agency said.
As conflict and persecution force growing numbers of people to flee, anti-migrant political sentiment has strained the will to resettle refugees, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said.
“The willingness of nations to work together not just for refugees but for the collective human interest is what’s being tested today,” he said in a statement.
The number of people displaced globally rose by 5.8 million through 2015, according to the U.N. figures.
The U.N. said that one out of every 113 people on the planet was now either internally displaced or a refugee.
That marks “a level of risk for which UNHCR knows no precedent”, the agency said, noting that the number of people displaced is now higher than the populations of Britain or France.