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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has revealed that number of people displaced from their homes across the world due to war and persecution has climbed to a record 65.6 million last year.

The UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said on Monday the figure that includes refugees, asylum seekers and people uprooted inside their own countries was some 300,000 higher at the end of last year as compared to 2015.

Syria's six-year civil war remained the largest single cause of displacement, with 12 million people followed by some 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans, 4.2 million Iraqis and 3.3 million South Sudanese.

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