A record 65.6 million people worldwide were forced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016, the United Nations refugee agency's said on Thursday a few days before the publication of the Global Trends Report on World Refugee Day, taking place on June 20 .
The fastest growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan while nearly two-thirds of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.
Close With developing regions hosting 84 percent of the world's refugees, Grandi once again renewed his call to the wealthiest countries to welcome more of them, at a time when the United States is reviewing its refugee programme and entry conditions to the country.
Germany received the highest number, followed by the United States, Italy and Turkey.
Unaccompanied or separated children - mainly Afghans and Syrians - lodged some 75,000 applications in 70 countries in 2016.