Global forced displacement reached an 19-year high in 2013, with the number of people displaced internally or as refugees currently higher than at any time since 1994.
At the end of 2013, there were 51.2 million people forcibly displaced by persecution and conflict. Of these, 16.7 million were classified as refugees: 11.7 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 5 million Palestinian refugees under the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency.
Another 33.3 million people were displaced within the borders of their own country and 1.2 million people were seeking asylum.
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Who are asylum seekers?
An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection as a refugee, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been assessed. Many refugees have at some point been asylum seekers, that is, they have lodged an individual claim for protection and have had that claim assessed by a government or UNHCR.
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