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UN: World’s largest record of number of refugees
13:42, 20 June 2016
UN: World’s largest record of number of refugees

Number of people forced to leave their place of residence as result of military conflict has reached its highest levels in world’s history

13:42, 20 June 2016

Reuters

According to the UNIAN, 65.3 million people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons by the end of 2015. Over the past year the number had risen by 5 million people.

Thus, about every 113th person on the planet is the refugee. Half of all refugees are people from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.

About 35 thousand refugees arrived in Europe by land, and more than 1 million internally displaced people have crossed the border with Europe by sea last year, according to the International Organization for Migration. Other agencies referred to much higher figures.

The preferred destinations for most migrants are the rich northern countries, such as Germany or Sweden.

Despite the fact that the problem of refugees in Europe are at the center of public attention, 86% of immigrants received shelter in low- and middle-income countries.

Germany received the largest number of asylum applications. According to UN opinion, it reflects the country's willingness to accept the refugees.

Related: UN urges governments to find better long-term solutions for refugees

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