Record number of people on the flight in 2016

Record number of people on the flight in 2016

A record number of people last year fled for war, violence or persecution. In total, about 65.6 million people. That there are as many as three hundred thousand more than the previous year.

The UN refugee organisation UNCHR publish the figures Monday. In particular, the number of people that their own had to flee the country, with 22.5 million higher than has ever been observed.

Most of the refugees are still coming from Syria (5.5 million). According to the UN, is now two-thirds of the population (about 12 million people) fled abroad or to elsewhere in Syria.

It is remarkable that the number of refugees from South Sudan last year, the strongest increase. In the African country for many years already, restless, and last year walked new peace talks to nothing, which makes the violence oplaaide.


The largest part of the displaced stores, however, the flight within the country’s own borders: approximately 40 million. Syria, Iraq, and Colombia have the most internally displaced persons. In that last country going on for decades, a civil war between the army and the guerrilla movement FARC. Last year a peace deal was signed.

The number of people that officially sign up to the asylum seeker in another country is, however, relatively small. Last year it went to 2.8 million people. According to the UN, were 75,000 of which requests have been submitted by minors that are only traveled.

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