Refugee numbers at highest level in history: UN

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says there are more displaced people in the world than at any time in history, with Afghanistan and Iraq the leading countries of origin.

Launching its report in London, the UN agency said 67 million people have been forced out of their homes by conflict, persecution and natural disasters.

In recent years, resettlement in Afghanistan had seen numbers drop, but in 2007 the total cared for by the UNHCR jumped by 3 million people, and the UN says the number is likely to rise.

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