Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015 (UNHCR)

UNHCR's Global Trends report finds that 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015. This is the highest figure since UNHCR records began.

Some of the key findings of UNHCR’s Global Trends Report for 2015 are:

  • Global forced displacement has reached record-high numbers in 2015: By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.  This includes : 3.2 million people in industrialized countries who, at the end of 2015, were awaiting decisions on asylum ; 40.8 million internally displaced people ; and 21.3 million refugees.
  • Measured against the world’s population of 7.4 billion people, one in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.
  • On average, 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier.
  • Three countries produce half the world’s refugees : Syria (4.9 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million) and Somalia (1.1 million). 
  • Colombia at 6.9 million, Syria at 6.6 million and Iraq at 4.4 million had the largest numbers of internally displaced people.
  • 86 per cent of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate in 2015 were in low- and middle-income countries close to situations of conflict. Worldwide, Turkey was the biggest host country, with 2.5 million refugees. With nearly one refugee for every five citizens, Lebanon hosted more refugees compared to its population than any other country.

For more information, please visit the UNHCR's website.

Publication Date:
ma 20 jun 2016