Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million a year ago

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"By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common objective in preventing and resolving crises, and ensuring together that the world's refugees, internally displaced and asylum seekers are properly protected and cared for while solutions are pursued", Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, said in releasing the findings.

This is "the highest figure since we started recording these figures", UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters ahead of the report launch.

"By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common goal in preventing and resolving crises", said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a statement.

Colombia was second with 7.7 million people forcibly displaced and Afghanistan with 4.7 million.

A displaced Syrian girl queues to receive food aid on June 9, 2017 at the al-Mabrouka camp in the village of Ras al-Ain on the Syria-Turkey border. This equates to one person becoming displaced every 3 seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence.

Out of the 65.6 million worldwide total, 22.5 million are refugees, 40.3 million are internally displaced and 2.8 million are asylum seekers.

Afghanistan was second with 2.5 million and South Sudan was third with 1.4 million.

Children, who make up half the world's refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering, mainly due to their greater vulnerability.

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Of the total, some 10.3 million people were newly displaced in 2016, around two-thirds fleeing within their own countries, according to an annual report by the group.

Grandi said the global community had become frustrated with the way peace was moving, adding that this was the time when aid needed to be increased.

UNHCR was still there, helping numerous same people now fleeing an internal conflict, he told local government officials in the northern town of Bentiu. South Sudan, with a little over a quarter, has the next-biggest proportion, the agency said.

South Sudan's civil war, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes - almost a third of the population. More than six million people - half of South Sudan's population - are in need of urgent aid and humanitarian organizations expect the number to rise by 20 to 30 percent in 2017.

And almost 70 years after Palestinians first fled today's Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are now living as refugees - the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.

South Sudanese refugees carrying Core Relief Items walk down a road in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Yumbe District, Northern Region, Uganda.

More people fled the conflict in Syria - 5.5 million - than any other country, but the biggest new source of refugees was what the report called "the disastrous breakdown of peace efforts" in South Sudan.

And almost 70 years after Palestinians first fled today's Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are now living as refugees - the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.

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