"Dangerous new era" in worldwide displacement

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Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the town of Kobani. The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into becoming the world's single largest driver of displacement. UNHCR File Photo/I. Prickett

Worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest levels ever recorded and accelerating fast, according to a new report released by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The annual Global Trends report shows a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with almost 60 million people displaced at the end of 2014 compared to 51 million a year earlier.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Worldwide, UNHCR finds that one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

The agency's Global Trends report says the main acceleration has been since early 2011 when war erupted in Syria, propelling it into becoming the world's single largest driver of displacement.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said with huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in what he called the "global regime for protecting victims of war", people are being abandoned.

 "We don't have the capacity, and essentially we don't have the resources to support all the victims of conflict around the world and to provide them with the very minimum level of protection and assistance. We are no longer able to pick up the pieces."

UNHCR's report also shows that almost nine out of every 10 refugees are in countries considered economically less developed.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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