Antonio Guterres
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Global refugee figures highest since WW2

The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says.

The overall figure of 51.2 million is six million higher than the year before, a report by the UN refugee agency says.

Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR, told the BBC "the world is becoming more violent and people are being forced to flee".

  • 20 Jun 2014
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