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World refugee and displaced people numbers hit a record

Australia businesses at Refugee Day even in Sydney Source: Australia for UNHCR

The world's forcibly displaced population remains at an all-time high.New figures from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR show there are now over 65 million displaced people, largely from conflicts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.And as Maya Jamieson reports, developing nations are shouldering a disproportionate responsibility for hosting refugees.

An average of 20 people were displaced every minute of every day last year, according to the latest snapshot of displaced people and refugees around the globe.

The UNHCR says more than half the world's refugees came from just three countries - Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

And for the third consecutive year, Turkey hosted the largest number of refugees worldwide - 2.9 million.

That's followed by Pakistan - hosting primarily those fleeing Afghanistan - and Lebanon.

 

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