The Top 5 Countries that Host the Most Refugees in 2015

  Host Country Number of Refugees % of Total
1 Turkey 1.59 million 11.0%
2 Pakistan 1.51 million 10.5%
3 Lebanon 1.15 million 8.0%
4 Iran 982,000 6.8%
5 Ethiopia 659,500 4.6%
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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. Developing regions hosted 86 per cent of the world's refugees - at 12.4 million persons, the highest value in more than two decades. The Least Developed Countries provided asylum to 3.6 million refugees or 25 per cent of the global total.
  3. More than 5.9 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate (42%) resided in countries where the GDP per capita was below USD 5,000.
  4. Lebanon hosted the largest number of refugees in relation to its national population, with 232 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. Jordan (87) and Nauru (39) ranked second and third, respectively.
  5. A record high of nearly 1.7 million individuals submitted applications for asylum or refugee status in 2014. UNHCR offices registered 245,700 or 15 per cent of these claims. With 274,700 asylum claims, the Russian Federation was the world's largest recipient of new individual applications, followed by Germany (173,100), the United States of America (121,200), and Turkey (87,800).
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a. UNHCR Global Trends: "World at War: Forced Displacement in 2014."
Tags: People, War and the Military, Africa, The Middle East

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

List Notes: Data is the top 5 host 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.
Countries that Host the Most Refugees in 2015

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