A record 68.5 Million people in the World were forcibly displaced by the end of 2017

More than half of those displaced, which included refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people, were children, many unaccompanied or separated from their parents.

Even as 5 million people returned to their country of origin, 16.2 million people were newly displaced around the world last year.

The vast majority of the displacements affected developing nations, and overwhelmingly consisted of people who fled their homes but remained inside their own country. The crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, war in South Sudan and the plight of 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, were big contributors.

In 2017, Turkey remained the largest host nation, with a population of 3.5 million refugees, while Lebanon had the greatest number in comparison to its population.

Yet even as the number of people displaced continues to climb, the space carved out for sheltering them has drastically diminished. Last year, just 100,000 refugees were resettled, down 40 percent on 2016.

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