By population, Syria still accounts for the biggest numbers of displaced people overall, with 12 million people (almost two thirds of the population) either displaced internally or having fled overseas as refugees or asylum seekers.
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) that tracks displacement across the globe said the system protecting refugees will collapse "if we do not step up our support to countries like Uganda".
This huge imbalance reflects several things including the lack of consensus internationally when it comes to hosting refugees, and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict.
"The global neglect that you see here is matched nowhere else in the world", Grandi told The Associated Press on Sunday while visiting South Sudan's largest internally displaced camp in the town of Bentiu.
While the UNHCR's annual count marked a new high, the flow slowed for the first time in several years in 2016.
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While many people fled their countries in a bid to seek protection, far greater numbers found themselves internally displaced, forced to leaves their homes while remaining within their nation's borders.
Syria continued to have the largest forcibly displaced population - 12 million - including 5.5 million refugees, 6.3 million internally displaced people and 185,000 asylum seekers.
Turkey hosts the most refugees at 2.9 million.
The UN refugee chief voiced most alarm over the rapidly deteriorating situation which he said was now the world's "fastest growing refugee crisis and displacement crisis", and has swelled by 85 percent previous year.
In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds.
Displaced South Sudanese gather during a visit of UNCHR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi to a new site for displaced people outside of the United Nations protected camp, in Bentiu, South Sudan Sunday, June 18, 2017.
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Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist starvation and war ravaged South Sudan.
About 84 per cent of the people were in low- or middle-income countries as of end 2016.
"For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear", Grandi said.
The United Nations (UN) has said that now 60 million people in the world are refugees, asylum seekers or homeless in their own country whereas Pakistan hosts 1.4 million refugees.
- Some 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 countries. Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees at 824,000.
Over 5.5 million people face severe food insecurity, with an estimated 100,000 of them facing starvation, according to United Nations estimates.
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The figures are based on the agency's own data and on numbers reported by governments and non-governmental organizations.