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40.8 million across world displaced by conflicts

By Agence France Presse In London ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-05-12 08:29:33

The number of people internally displaced by conflicts around the world rose last year to a record 40.8 million people, a report out on Wednesday showed.

"This is the highest figure ever recorded and twice the number of refugees worldwide," said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, co-authors of the report with the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.

Some 8.6 million internally displaced people linked to conflict were recorded in 2015, including 4.8 million in the Middle East and North Africa.

40.8 million across world displaced by conflicts

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