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 Number of refugees to reach 60 million this year

Global forced displacement for 2015 is on track to break all records, topping 60 million.

The United Nations refugee agency warned, Censor.NET reports citing BBC Russia.

Forced displacement this year is likely to exceed all previous records, for the first time topping 60 million, meaning that one out of every 122 persons on Earth has been forced to flee their home.

The global refugee total, which a year ago was 19.5 million, had as of mid-2015 passed the 20 million threshold (20.2 million) for the first time since 1992, while asylum applications were up 78% (993,600) over the same period in 2014, and the number IDPs (internally displaced persons) jumped by around two million to an estimated 34 million.

"Never has there been a greater need for tolerance, compassion and solidarity with people who have lost everything," UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.

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Europe's influx of people arriving by boat via the Mediterranean is only partly reflected in the report, mainly since arrivals escalated in the second half of 2015. Still, in the first six months, Germany was the world's biggest recipient of new asylum claims - 159,000, close to the entire total for all of 2014.

 
 
 
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