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Internally Displaced Persons, 2006

Table includes countries in which persecution, armed conflict, or widespread violence has internally displaced the largest numbers of civilians. Although internally displaced persons share many characteristics with refugees, they are not protected by international refugee law because they remain inside their own countries.

Country Number
Sudan 5,355,000
Colombia 1,853,000–3,833,000
Iraq 1,700,000
Uganda 1,200,000–1,700,000
Turkey 954,000–1,200,000
Congo, Dem. Rep. of 1,100,000
Lebanon 216,000–800,000
Côte d'Ivoire 750,000
Azerbaijan 579,000–687,000
India 600,000
Zimbabwe 570,000
Sri Lanka 500,000
Bangladesh 500,000
Kenya 431,000
Israel 150,000–420,000
Somalia 400,000
Syria 305,000
Ethiopia 100,000–280,000
Indonesia 150,000–250,000
Georgia 222,000–241,000
Serbia 228,000
Nepal 100,000–200,000
Russia 82,000–190,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina 180,000
Central African Republic 150,000
Source: World Refugee Survey, 2006, U.S. Committee on Refugees.

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