-- Conflict, war and natural disasters have internally displaced a record 27.8 million people in 2015, according to a joint report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). That's as many as the populations of New York City, London, Paris and Cairo combined -- or an average of 76 people displaced every day last year.
The overall total of internally displaced people around the world is now 40.8 million, including both conflicts and disasters.
"This is the highest figure ever recorded, and twice the number of refugees worldwide," Jan Egeland, the NRC's Secretary General, told ABC News.
"As the world attention focused on the flow of refugees out of the region, millions were displaced internally in the Middle East, more than in the rest of the world combined," Carsten Hansen, NRC's regional director in the Middle East told ABC News.
"While richer, stable countries have been scheming to keep asylum seekers out of their borders and deny them protection," Hansen added. "Millions remain trapped in their own countries with death staring them just around the corner."