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20/06 17:10 CET

Refugees surpass 50,000,000; UN pinpoints political ‘incapacity’

Refugees surpass 50,000,000; UN pinpoints political ‘incapacity’

World Refugee Day brings bad news. For the first time since World War II, the total number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has surpassed 50 million. The UNHCR reports a jump of six million, compared to 2012, to 51.2. The war in Syria…