Despite peace agreements and efforts to address a growing refugee crisis, the number of people forcibly displaced around the world continued to climb past year, according to a United Nations report issued Monday.
Among the refugees, asylum seekers - people who have fled their country and are seeking worldwide protection - totaled 2.8 million by the end of 2016.
The report also supplied data on host countries, revealing that Turkey hosted the most refugees in 2016, with almost three million fleeing to Turkey for safety.
Out of that 10.3 million, a total of 3.4 million had crossed global borders to become refugees.
"This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence", UNHCR pointed out in a statement.
"But it's also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies".
UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (L) and David Shearer, Special Representative for South Sudan, listen to displaced people at a camp in Juba, South Sudan June 17, 2017.
There were slightly less internally displaced people in 2016, around 40.3 million, compared to 2015, which had 40.8 million.
In Syria, a six-year civil war has ravaged the country, forcing almost two-thirds of its population to flee, according to the report.
"As a refugee, I believe that I was very lucky to be accepted to Japan, and with Japanese people helping me out", a woman in her late 20s, who asked not to be named, said at the event.
The ranking does not include the 5.3 million registered Palestinian refugees.
Africa has two of the world's largest refugee camps, Dadaab in Kenya and Bidi Bidi in Uganda. The country receiving the greatest number of requests for asylum for these children was Germany: 35,900. It has since exceeded 3 million, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.
People around the world were forced to leave their homes in record numbers in 2016.
One in every 113 people around the world has been forcibly displaced and needs protection, writes Farren Collins. Most returned to Afghanistan.
In fact, 84 percent of refugees are hosted in the world's developing regions: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Uganda, and Ethiopia are the top hosts, respectively.
If the country's population, which is overwhelmingly homogeneous, reaches a point where it is ready to accept more refugees, it would be possible for the government "to expand the resettlement program, which has been running for a number of years", Hebecker said.