The Top 5 Origin Countries for Refugees in 2015

  Origin Country Number of Refugees
1 Syrian Arab Republic 3,865,720
2 Afghanistan 2,593,368
3 Somalia 1,106,068
4 Sudan 659,395
5 South Sudan 616,142
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  1. An estimated 13.9 million individuals were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution in 2014. This includes 11.0 million persons newly displaced within the borders of their own country, the highest figure on record. The other 2.9 million individuals were new refugees. (a.)
  2. The number of individuals forced to leave their homes per day due to conflict and persecution increased four-fold in four years. During 2014, conflict and persecution forced an average of 42,500 individuals per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their own country or in other countries. This compares to 32,200 in 2013, 23,400 in 2012, 14,200 in 2011, and 10,900 in 2010. (a.)
  3. For the first time, Turkey became the largest refugee-hosting country worldwide, with 1.59 million refugees. Turkey was followed by Pakistan (1.51 million), Lebanon (1.15 million), the Islamic Republic of Iran (982,000), Ethiopia (659,500), and Jordan (654,100). (a.)
  4. Around 59.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide. If these 59.5 million persons were a nation, they would make up the 24th largest country in the world. (a.)
  5. Some 34,300 asylum applications were lodged by unaccompanied or separated children in 82 countries in 2014, mostly by Afghan, Eritrean, Syrian, and Somali children. This was the highest number on record since UNHCR started collecting such data in 2006. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:

a. UNHCR Global Trends: "World at War: Forced Displacement in 2014."
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Sources:  UNHCR Global Trends: "World at War: Forced Displacement in 2014."

List Notes: Data is the top 5 source or origin countries for refugees for the year (end) 2014. Please note: the data shown here are generally provided by Governments, based on their own definitions and methods of data collection. Data is persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention/1967 Protocol, the 1969 OAU Convention, in accordance with the UNHCR Statute, persons granted a complementary form of protection and those granted temporary protection. In the absence of Government figures, UNHCR has estimated the refugee population in many industrialized countries based on 10 years of individual asylum-seeker recognition.
Origin Countries for Refugees in 2015

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