The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million by the end of this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.
The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report.
Nearly 2.5 million asylum seekers have requests pending, with Germany, Russia and the United States receiving the most of the nearly 1 million new claims lodged in the first half of the year, it said.
“2015 is on track to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time — 1 in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes,” it said. The total at the end of 2014 was 59.5 million.
An estimated 34 million people were internally displaced as of midyear — about 2 million more than at the same time in 2014. Yemen, where civil war erupted in March, reported the most newly uprooted people, with 933,500… see more