South Sudan's displaced millions fear more violence, see little chance of peace

Most people who have been forced from their homes flee within their own country, and are defined as internally displaced people, or IDPs.

The UN Refugee Agency's annual Global Trends study found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016 - a total bigger than the population of the United Kingdom and about 300,000 more than a year ago. By the end of that year, one in 113 people worldwide was displaced.

The report tracked three types of movement: refugees, internal displacement and asylum-seekers.

The report showed despite huge focus on Europe's refugee crisis, it is the poorer countries that host most of the world's refugees.

UNHCR also sounded an alarm over another rapidly escalating crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, where over 1 million people have been displaced internally and over 30,000 terms have crossed into Angola since August.

Of the total, some 10.3 million people were newly displaced in 2016, around two-thirds fleeing within their own countries, according to an annual report by the group.

And almost 70 years after Palestinians first fled today's Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are now living as refugees - the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.

Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees said, "It is an extremely moveable situation, an extremely dynamic situation, which reflects in turn conflicts that continue to affect mostly and primarily and very violently civilians". Twelve million people in the country were forced to abandon their homes in 2016 - that's more than half of the country's population.

More than 950,000 people have fled south to Uganda from South Sudan in recent months - a lot of them women and children - but many refugee camps lack basic services such as food, water and shelter.

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And almost 70 years after Palestinians first fled today's Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are now living as refugees - the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.

The fastest-growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan, where peace efforts broke down in July 2016.

The Trump administration has vowed to restrict refugees and toughen immigration through "extreme vetting" and a proposed suspension of visas for people from six predominantly Muslim nations.

The information is contained in the UNHCR's latest Global Trends report which is a survey of the state of displacement internationally.

Over 900,000 refugees from South Sudan are sheltering in Uganda.

Half of all refugees were children. In total, 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 different countries.

"We have to do better for these people", Grandi said. In Germany, which vastly expanded its acceptance of people fleeing war from places like Syria, the number of refugees doubled to over 600,000 previous year.

"Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parent". The report says even this number is likely to underestimate the true figure.

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