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Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 13:55
Number displaced worldwide hits record high
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The number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014.

The document by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the number of people forced to flee their homes rose by 8.3 million from the previous year.

The continuing conflict in Syria is seen as a major factor behind the record numbers.

UNHCR head Antonio Guterres said the "world is a mess".

The report says that 59.5 million people were displaced by the end of 2014.
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