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The World Now Has More Refugees Than Ever

At the end of 2015, 65.3 million people around the world were refugees—internally displaced or seeking asylum. That’s according to the United Nation’s refugee agency and is the largest number ever recorded. And 5 million of that growth was in 2015—the largest single-year increase since the second world war. To put 65 million into perspective, that’s about the same as the population of Texas, New York state and Florida—combined. It means that right now, 1 in 113 people around the world are displaced.

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