Today is World Refugee Day, a day to pay tribute to the courage and resilience of people forced to flee their homes because of war and persecution.
According to global figures just released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement by the end of 2012. This includes 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers and 28.8 million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. About 55% of all refugees come from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan and 46% of refugees are children younger than 18.
Every 4.1 seconds, someone new is displaced from his or her home. That's six new refugees or internally displaced people since the time you started reading this.
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