That’s one out of every 122 humans on the planet.
And half of the refugees are children, according to the annual report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The agency estimates that an average of 42,500 men, women and children became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced people every day last year — a four-fold increase in four years.
The latest of 15 new conflicts to erupt in the last five years have arisen in Burundi and Yemen, according to the report.
Last year, fewer than 127,000 refugees returned home, the lowest number in 31 years.
The report notes that wealthy countries are relying overwhelmingly on poorer nations to take in those who’ve been forced to abandon their homelands: In 2014, 86 percent of refugees were in regions or countries deemed economically less developed, up from about 70 percent 20 years ago.
“It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is [a] seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace,” says António Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees.
A separate report, by the Institute for Economics and Peace, says conflicts around the world cost $14.3 trillion last year.
That’s 13 percent of world gross domestic product, the equivalent of the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The most severe deterioration during 2014 was in Libya, the report says.
The most surprising finding, says IEP Chief Executive Steve Killelea, was the "inequality with peace" around the world.
He says some countries in Western Europe have reached “quite historic levels of peace,” enjoying the lowest levels of murder rates and money spent on security “probably in the countries’ history."
But Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic all have become more violent in the past year, the report says.