Conflict and persecution displaced 60 million people—half of whom are children—last year, according to a report released today by the UN refugee agency.
Every day in 2014, about 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced people. That is 4X the number recorded just 4 years earlier, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Syria alone accounted for 7.6 million displaced people and almost 4 million refugees. Other countries with large numbers of internally displaced people included Ukraine, South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.