More than 737,000 people fled the conflict in South Sudan a year ago.
Almost 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes previous year, the United Nation refugee agency today reported, stressing the "very high" pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.
Around half a million other refugees were able to return to their home countries, and about 6.5 million internally displaced people to their areas of origin - although many did so in less than ideal circumstances and facing uncertain prospects.
Asylum seekers totalled 2.8 million by the end of past year, the United Nations report found.
Faced with another year of a record displacement, devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children, one thing is clear: "We have to do better for these people", Grandi said.
That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million higher than at the end of 2014, according to a report published by the United Nations refugee agency.
Despite the decrease, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has termed it as a "disappointing failure" of the UN legateship.
Turkey continued to host the largest refugee population, with 2.9 million refugees at the end of 2016, followed by Pakistan, Lebanon and Iran.
It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC.
Conflicts in Syria and South Sudan have dramatically driven up numbers. "Those figures are probably higher".
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Uganda, which host almost half of the displaced South Sudanese, has been praised for having an accommodative refugee policy.
Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty's regional director, said Uganda was "under incredible strain as funds dry up and thousands continue to cross from South Sudan every day".
The report defines refugees as those forced to leave their homes for other countries.
A full 84 per cent of refugees are living in low- and middle-income countries, UNHCR said, blaming this "huge imbalance" on "the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict".
The UNHCR said the largest recipient of new asylum applications was Germany with more than 722,400 registered past year.
The majority of asylum applications came from the rest of Africa and Asia.
The report called the large number of unaccompanied children asking for asylum a growing and unsettling development. The UNHCR report added that even this number probably "underestimated the true figure".
About two-thirds of the newly displaced people fled somewhere else in their own country.
For example, he said only 23 percent of the U.N.'s $8 billion appeal for the Syrian crisis has been received.
Musa Ecweru, minister for refugees, told Anadolu Agency: "We want the worldwide community to lift the pressure and fix the damage the refugees are putting on the limited resources in the communities that host them".