More than 50 million displaced in 2013

Darfurian refugee children in Eastern Chad. Children account for more than half of the refugee population as of the end of 2013. Photo by: F. Noy / UNHCR /CC BY-SA

There are now more people displaced worldwide than there were during World War II.

This is according to a new report the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees released on World Refugee Day. As of the end of 2013, 51.2 million people have been displaced from their homes, including 16.7 million refugees, more than 33 million internally displaced people and around 1.2 million asylum seekers.

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