The United Nations refugee agency said Monday that 43.7 million people around the world have been displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution. The figure is the highest it’s been in 15 years. Of those displaced, 80 per cent come from the world’s poorest countries. Pakistan, Iran and Syria were the world’s biggest hosts of refugees while Germany has the largest refugee population (594,000) of any industrialized country. In the next year, the agency estimates that 747,000 places will be needed for displaced people.