Global Refugee Population Hits 51M, Highest Since WWII

The number of people displaced by deadly conflict worldwide has reached a staggering 51.2 million—-the highest figure of displaced since World War II, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. The head of the UNHCR said in an interview with NBC News anchor Ann Curry that the swelling number of refugees has been driven primarily by the ongoing civil war in Syria. The bloody sectarian conflict in the country has forced 2.5 million people into becoming refugees and left another 6.5 million internally displaced, according to the U.N. report.

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