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Over 42,000 People Fled Their Homes Every Day In 2014, U.N. Report Says

A total of 60 million people were refugees in another country or displaced in their own country by the end of the year, according to the report.

Posted on June 18, 2015, at 1:06 a.m. ET

An average of 42,500 people a day fled their homes last year, becoming refugees or asylum-seekers in foreign countries or being internally displaced within their own countries, a U.N. report released on Thursday said.

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An Italian boat approaches a boat overcrowded with migrants and asylum-seekers in the Mediterranean, June 2014.

Nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2014, versus roughly 51 million the year before, the U.N. refugee agency said in the report. Over half them were children.

AP / Efrem Lukatsky

A hostel for internally displaced people in the government-controlled city of Slovyansk, Ukraine, in March.

The global refugee crisis hit its worst levels since the Second World War in 2013, the BBC reported at the time, and the number of refugees has continued to rise since.

REUTERS/Roni Bintang

People believed to be refugees from Myanmar's persecuted minority in Indonesia in May.

The civil war in Syria, which entered its fifth year in March, is the biggest reason for the rapidly rising numbers of people fleeing their homes, according to the report.

Umit Bektas / REUTERS

A Syrian refugee just after crossing the border into neighboring Turkey on Wednesday.

Syria's conflict has caused over half of its population to flee since 2011, with 7.6 million people displaced within the country and almost 4 million ending up in other countries as of the end of 2014.

Worldwide, 1 in every 122 humans is now either a refugee or asylum-seeker abroad or is internally displaced in their home country, the report said.