Rohingya refugees walk toward a refugee camp in Bangladesh, November 19, 2017. Credit: Reuter/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Refugee Planet: A Record-Breaking 68 Million People Now Displaced by War and Persecution

The number of people forced to flee their home countries reached 68.5 million at the start of 2018. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution. Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees in 2017. Turkey was the country that received most new refugees last year – 700,000 people. In comparison, the US received about 60,000.