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The number of refugees fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a record 65.3 million by the end of 2015, says UN

>> Counting Earth’s population at 7.349 billion, the UN said that one out of every 113 people on the planet was now either internally displaced or a refugee.

Wrecked boats and life jackets used by refugees during their journey across the Aegean sea lie in a dump in Greece's Mithimna. File pic/AFP
Wrecked boats and life jackets used by refugees during their journey across the Aegean sea lie in a dump in Greece's Mithimna. File pic/AFP

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 They now number more than the populations of Britain or France, the agency said

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 Globally, one per cent of humanity has been forced to flee.

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 The number of people displaced globally rose by 5.8 million through 2015, according to the UN figures.

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 The rate of increase has jumped since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011.

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 Palestinians are the largest group of refugees at more than 5 million, followed by Syria (4.9 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million)and Somalia (1.1 million).

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