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New Record Number of Refugees Brings Urgent Need for Solutions

Jun 19, 2018

Blog Post

Meggie Weiler, Policy Officer

A refugee child looks through a fence at the Moria refugee camp on May 20, 2018 in Mytilene, Greece.

(Adam Berry/Getty Images)

According to UNHCR’s latest annual Global Trends report, a total of 68.5 million people were displaced from their homes in 2017, marking the fifth straight year that forced displacement has reached a new record high.

That number includes the 3.1 million asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their application, and 40 million people internally displaced in their own countries.

But in the face of what is also the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history, with 25.4 million registered refugees searching for safety, an increase of 2.9 million from 2016—the largest increase in a single year in UNHCR history—a divergent international response has taken shape.