The UN Refugee Agency says the number of people displaced by conflict around the world has reached more than 70 million – the highest figure it has ever recorded.
In its annual analysis of refugee trends, the UNHCR says the numbers of people forced from their homes by war and persecution are outstripping the ability to find safe solutions.
The country providing the most new asylum seekers in 2018 was Venezuela.
According to the UN data, more than two-thirds of all refugees come from just five countries, including Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.3 million), Myanmar (1.1 million) and Somalia (900,000).
At more than 1.5 million, Ethiopians were the largest newly displaced population in 2018, 98% of them internally, more than doubling the previous number.
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