The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday reported an uptick in the number of people worldwide who fled their homes in early 2017 because of persecution or war.

"The refugee crisis continues unabated behind the walls and barriers Australian, US and European leaders have erected. It may have disappeared from their view, but remains a stain on our global conscience," Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland said in a statement.

The new report contained seven key takeaways:

1. Approximately 65.6 million people were forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution as of the beginning of 2017. That number is up 300,000 people from a year earlier.

2. It's the fifth year in a row the number of people displaced increased from an "already historically high level." That number has climbed near 50 percent from 42.3 million people in 2012.

3. An estimated 40.3 million people were displaced within their own country, while 25.4 million refugees sought shelter in another nation.

4. Uganda accepted the largest number of displaced people out of any country. The country of 39 million people took in 532,725 refugees.

5. Turkey reported hosting the highest number of refugees, 3.1 million people.

6. South Sudan is home to the world's quickest-growing refugee crisis. The report stated 737,000 people fled last year.

7. Syria experienced the largest number of citizens becoming refugees: 824,000 people.

The UNHCR said despite the increase in the number of displaced people, western countries are not lending enough help to combat the issue.

"The historic high displacement figures must foster more dedicated work for political solutions, increase funding to meet humanitarian needs, and bring a larger willingness among all countries to take their share of the responsibility," Egeland said.

World leaders will meet in Kampala for the Solidarity Summit on Refugees this week.