“BY ANY MEA­SURE, THIS IS AN UN­AC­CEPT­ABLE NUM­BER.”

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− UN High Com­mis­sioner Filippo Grandi in a state­ment on World Refugee Day on 20 June in re­sponse to a find­ing by the United Na­tions refugee agency that nearly 66m peo­ple were forcibly dis­placed from their homes in 2016. Ac­cord­ing to the agency, the fig­ure equates to one per­son dis­placed ev­ery three sec­onds. The re­port Global Trends, re­leased by the Of­fice of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, marks a jump of 300 000 refugees since the end of 2015. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Syria re­mains the world’s big­gest pro­ducer of refugees, with 12m peo­ple liv­ing in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and fur­ther afield. How­ever, in 2016, South Su­dan be­came the big­gest new con­trib­u­tor to the num­ber of global refugees when peace ef­forts broke down in July, re­sult­ing in some 737 400 peo­ple flee­ing by the end of the year. UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi

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