The UK's role in the international refugee protection system: June 2016

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Refugee Council
Refugee Council
Date of publication
1 June 2016
RefCo; June16
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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At the end of 2015 the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide had risen to 65.3 million, 5.8 million more than at the end of 2014. 

This is the first time ever that the figure has topped 60 million. The increased numbers reflect the ongoing crisis in Syria, but also new or reignited conflicts in Burundi, Iraq, Libya, Niger, and Nigeria and older unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, among others. 

The combined number of refugees and internally displaced persons protected or assisted by UNHCR reached a record high of 52.6 million by the end of 2015.

This briefing discusses the UK’s role in this crisis, and how it relates to resettlement and interception measures.