World's refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

December 18, 2015 5:19 AM

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World's refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

GENEVA The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million 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.

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