The World's Refugee Crisis, in Photos

Refugees Greece
The World's Refugee Crisis, in Photos YANNIS KOLESIDIS/AFP/Getty Images

As World Refugee Day was marked on June 20, the number of people forced to flee their homes stood at a record high. According to the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) there were 65.3 million refugees worldwide—an increase of a 10 percent over last year. Half of them are children.

The day designated for remembering displaced people has has been marked annually since 2001, which was the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The hope is to make the public aware of the millions of refugees and internally displaced people forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution.

"Twenty-four people are displaced every minute," said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi. "Two-thirds of the forcibly displaced are internally displaced. Ninety percent of the forcibly displaced are displaced in poor or middle-income countries, not in the rich world."

Over half of the total number comes from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Close to 10 million of the world's refugees are Syrian. More than 1 million migrants arrived in Europe by sea last year, and some 35,000 arrived by land, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). How to handle the growing numbers of displaced people has provoked much debate, with the EU coming in for criticism for its handling of people fleeing the war in Syria.

Calais Refugee
A man yawns next to French anti-riot police during a demonstration at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in the French port city of Calais during the demolition of the camp's southern half on March 3. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police in the Calais refugee camp
French riot police keep watch during the end of the dismantling of the southern part of the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on March 16. DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Calais Youth Centre
French riot police stand guard next to a small dwelling plastered with graffiti, which reads 'youth centre' during the dismantling of the southern part of the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, on March 7.DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Refugee child in tent
A refugee child looks out a tent at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni where thousands of refugees and migrants were left stranded by the Balkan border blockade, March 17.DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images
Boy at Chios refugee camp
A Syrian refugee holds a young boy carrying a placard reading 'We ask the EU governments to help us' as refugees and migrants who left the Chios registration camp protest, April 3.LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Macedonia Refugees
A woman tries to save her child after Macedonian police throw gas inside the camp during clashes near the northern Greek border village of Idomeni on April 10. Dozens of people were hurt when police fired tear gas at a group of migrants Doctors without Borders (MSF) said. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
Macedonia Refugee Crying
A woman and her children cry after being affected by tear gas near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni on April 10. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
Greece Refugee children
Children play in a summer resort in Myrsini sheltering nearly 350 Syrian refugees under the care of a Syria-born mayor, the first naturalized ex-migrant elected to office in Greece, on April 20. The resort, 280 kilometers (170 miles) west of Athens, had previously been looted, a side-effect of the economic crisis in Greece in 2010.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images