South Sudan, now caught in a brutal ethnic war, is behind only Syria and Afghanistan in terms of the size of its refugee population, with people from those two countries accounting for 5.5 million and 2.5 million respectively of all refugees who left their homeland for safety.
The figures released ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday showed that 10.3 million of the world's displaced people fled their homes a year ago alone, including 3.4 million who crossed worldwide borders to become refugees.
The new total of 65.6 million people displaced from their homes is 300,000 higher than the 2015 number, which had been the highest since World War II.
Syria had the second-largest internally displaced population at about 6.3 million. "This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds", the report said, "less than the time it takes to read this sentence".
The increase in refugees has been fueled by ongoing conflicts, from Syria, to Yemen, and South Sudan to Congo. 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, the UNHCR said. Figures from Germany showed the number of refugees in the country rose from 316,000 to 669,000 a year ago, with a clear majority from Syria (375,000), Iraq (86,000) and Afghanistan (46,000).
More than 4 million South Sudanese have fled their homes, almost 2 million of whom went to neighboring countries, said United Nations and other organizations.
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Refugee numbers worldwide have reached 22.5 million, which the report notes "is the highest ever seen".
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In Africa, Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees, almost a million; followed by Ethiopia (791,631); DR Congo (451,956); and Kenya (451,099).
Grandi said there were outstanding examples in villages, towns and cities in countries on every continent where refugees had been welcomed. The UNHCR also said that 75,000 asylum applications were made by children, mostly from Afghanistan or Syria, who were traveling alone or had been separated from their families, although this figure is probably an underestimate, the organization says.
There are plans to expand the programme and open similar sites throughout the country to give assistance and hope to millions of displaced people, although both hope and cash are in short supply. The total refugee population - people who fled their home countries - was about 22.5 million people, and almost half of those were children.
The new report was issued at a time when governments in Europe and the United States have become increasingly resistant to accepting more refugees and asylum seekers as xenophobic political trends have helped feed hostility and mistrust. In total, 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 different countries.
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