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World Refugee Day

Samantha Early
June 20, 2013

There are more than 45 million displaced people in the world, according to the United Nations. The number of refugees or internally displaced is at an 18-year high, with war the major cause.

A Syrian child in a refugee camp in Jordan
Image: Save the Children

There are more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, according to the United Nations. That's the most in 18 years. War is the main cause, and the crisis in Syria is a major new factor in global displacement.

On World Refugee Day, DW looks at why people flee their homes and how refugees are treated.

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