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Record 68.5 million people globally forced to flee their homes in 2017

In a world of 7.6 billion people, 44,500 people a day — one person every two seconds — are displaced, the U.N. said.

Lining up for food at Congo's Kibati camp
Lining up for food at Congo's Kibati camp (AN/J. Heilprin)

GENEVA (AN) — One of every 110 people worldwide has been forced to leave home because of conflict, war, violence, human rights abuses or persecution.

In places like Congo, South Sudan and Myanmar, 68.5 million people globally suffered from forced displacement in 2017, the highest number ever recorded.

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