More than two million new refugees this year: UN

The UN refugee chief said Monday (October 2nd) that conflicts, violence and persecution in Syria, Myanmar, South Sudan and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, AFP reported.

At the end of 2016, a record 65.6 million people had been uprooted from their homes worldwide, with 22.5 million of them registered as refugees.

"The despair of millions of men, women and children driven from their homes, cast adrift into a life of uncertainty, is a stain on our collective conscience," Filippo Grandi told UNHCR's annual Executive Committee meeting in Geneva.

War-ravaged Syria continues to account for the world's largest number of forcibly displaced people, with civilians there still bearing the brunt of clashes.

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