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On the release of new global displacement figures by UNHCR, the RSC director talks to The Washington Post

Today, UNHCR released its annual ‘Global Trends Report’, which states that worldwide displacement is now “at the highest level ever recorded”. At the end of 2014, 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced, up from 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago. According to UNHCR, this increase is the largest ever seen in a single year, and the situation is likely to get worse. This latest figure means that “globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.”

In an article in today’s Washington Post titled ‘New U.N. report says world’s refugee crisis is worse than anyone expected’, RSC Director, Professor Alexander Betts, said: “There’s a real risk that we’re seeing the unraveling of the refugee regime that was created in the aftermath of the Second World War on the basis of cooperation and reciprocity.”

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