By the end of 2017, the number was almost three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to the report.
The United Nations refugee agency reported that nearly 69 million people fleeing war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced from their homes a year ago. The total figure, contained in the agency's annual global trends report, includes refugees, asylum seekers and the internally displaced - that is, people forced from their homes who have not fled their countries.
Refugees accounted for 25.4 million - 2.9 million more than in 2016 - "the biggest increase UNHCR has ever seen in a single year", the organization said.
The reasons why the world's population of displaced people keeps rising are- USA immigration agents seizing children from parents at the southern border, Italy's new populist coalition forcing refugees to turn elsewhere, an anti-migrant backlash threatening to fracture Germany's government, The Strait Times reported. Ravaged by seven years of war, Syria led with the highest total of displaced people. Turkey remained the world's leading refugee hosting country in terms of absolute numbers, with a population of 3.5 million refugees, mainly Syrians.
"Leading the displacement during the year was the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the war in South Sudan and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees", a press release said.
For the fourth consecutive year, Turkey has hosted more refugees than any other country in the world, a new United Nations report released Tuesday said. The UNHCR found that the majority of displaced persons remained closer to home, with four out of five refugees remaining in countries next door to their own. "We have to end this race to the bottom, and rather let us inspire by generous recipient countries like Uganda, where vulnerable refugees are being protected", said Egeland. He said United Nations data show that 85 percent of refugees are from developing countries. The number of refugees surpassed 25 million previous year, compared with 22.5 million in 2016.
The report says that worldwide displacement rose to 68.5 million last year, up by 2.9 million from a year earlier and the 5th straight yearly rise.
"The number of refugees increased more than three-fold, from 276,200 at the beginning of the year to 932,200 at year-end", says the report.
The Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, said on Tuesday more than 300,000 Afghan refugees have returned home in the past five months. Much smaller numbers are seeking asylum in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Turkey.
The upcoming Global Compact on Refugees follows the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which all 193 UN Member States agreed that the responsibility for helping all those in need of worldwide protection must be borne more equitably and predictably. The Americas were home to only 3.2 per cent of refugees.