More than seven million refugees displaced in 2012 - UN
19 June 2013 Last updated at 05:41 BST
The UN says 7.6 million people became refugees in 2012, with the total number now higher than at any time since 1994.
A report from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that Syria is "a major new factor" driving up refugee numbers.
The report say 55% of all refugees come from five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.
Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva: