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Syrians to become world's largest refugee population

One of many Syrian refugee families pictured at the Zaatri refugee camp. Credit: Reuters

Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world's largest refugee population, U.N. officials have said.

The United Nations said 9.3 million Syrians still need help after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria on Saturday.

"Five years ago Syria was the world's second-largest refugee hosting country. Syrians are now about to replace Afghans as the present biggest refugee population worldwide," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told the assembly.