More than 50 million displaced worldwide, U.N. says

June 20th, 2014  
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Topic: More than 50 million displaced worldwide, U.N. says

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday. Half are children, many of them caught up in conflicts or persecution that world powers have been unable to prevent or end, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends report. "We are really facing a quantum leap, an enormous increase of forced displacement in our world," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told a news briefing. Syrians fleeing the escalating conflict accounted for most of the world's 2.5 million new refugees last year, UNHCR said.


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