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Despite peace agreements and efforts to address a growing refugee crisis, the number of people forcibly displaced around the world continued to climb last year, according to a U.N. report issued Monday.
In 2016, 65.6 million people had to leave their homes due to violence and persecution, up from 65.3 million in 2015, and 59.5 million in 2014, according to the U.N. refugee agency’s annual Global Trends report.
“By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common purpose 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,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
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Larisa Epatko produced multimedia web features and broadcast reports with a focus on foreign affairs for the PBS NewsHour. She has reported in places such as Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Sudan, Western Sahara, Guantanamo Bay, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Ireland.
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