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1/Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the town of Kobani. The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into becoming the world’s single largest driver of displacement. UNHCR / I. Prickett

The number of people around the world displaced by conflict is at the highest number ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says.

The UN estimates over 65 million people were either refuges, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5 million in a year, BBC reported.

This is the first time the number of refugees worldwide had passed the 60 million mark, the annual report stated.

Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia made up over half (54%) of the total number of refugees.

Also, half of all the refugees are children under 18.

The ideal destinations for most refugees are the richer northern countries such as Germany and Sweden BBC reported.

More than 1,011,700 migrants arrived in Europe by sea last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).



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