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Nearly 44 million refugees (UN)

The number of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons around the world rose to 43.7 million people in 2010, 80% in developing countries, we read in a report released by the UN High Commissioner Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday.

The report said “Developing countries host four-fifths of the refugees, at a time when hostility toward them is increasing in many industrialized countries,”.
According to the document, Afghans continue to represent the majority of refugees worldwide (3 million). Iraq, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burma are also among the countries that generated the largest number of refugees in 2010.

According to UNHCR estimates, the number of people displaced within their own countries amounted to 27.5 million in 2010, a record for ten years. At the same time, the world has 3.5 million people without citizenship and 850,000 asylum seekers.


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