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Refugees: Countries of Origin

Syrian Civil War continues to prove major factor in refugee crisis

Rank

Country

Refugees

Population

1

Syria

5,524,333

18,430,000

2

Afghanistan

2,501,410

34,660,000

3

South Sudan

1,436,667

12,230,000

4

Somalia

1,012,277

14,320,000

5

Sudan

650,588

39,580,000

6

Congo, Dem. Rep.

537,429

78,740,000

7

Central African Republic

490,869

4,595,000

8

Myanmar

490,265

52,890,000

9

Eritrea

459,390

4,475,000

10

Burundi

408,036

10,520,000

The Numbers

Not counting Palestinians, whose international legal status is tracked separately by the U.N., there are today around 22.5 million refugees in the world. Counting also internally displaced people, who have been forced from their homes but haven't left their home countries, the number rises to 65.6 million people. Within that population, 10 million are stateless; a stateless individual can claim citizenship to no country, and so lacks all privileges and protections of citizenship.

56% of refugees are being hosted in Africa and the Middle East. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iran together host around 6 million refugees.  

It is important to note that the most recent report for displaced peoples predates a major escalation of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. One can reasonably assume that the refugee numbers for Myanmar are higher than reported here on the table.

Source: United Nations High Commission for Refugees, 2016 report

 
 
 
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