Refugees: Countries of Origin

Find out how many refugees left their countries in 2014.

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Migrants at a train station in Bicske, Hungary
Source: AP Photo/Petr David Josek

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According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the total number of refugees for 2014 was 59.5 million, a 32% increase over the 45.2 million displaced persons in 2012. In fact, the UNHCR reported that 2014's increase was the biggest ever in a single year.

The country that took in the most refugees in 2014 was Turkey with 1.7 million. Pakistan (1.51 million) and Lebanon (1.15 million) rounded out the top three refugee-hosting countries. Below are the top ten countries that refugees left in 2014.

Country # of Refugees Leaving
Syria 3.9 million
Afghanistan 2.6 million
Somalia 1.11 million
Sudan 666,000
South Sudan 616,200
Democratic Republic of Congo 516,800
Myanmar 479,000
Central African Republic 412,000
Iraq 369,900
Eritrea 363,100

Source: United Nations High Commission for Refugees, 2015 report

-Jennie Wood