The scope of the 2010 Yearbook remains unchanged from previous years. Since the introduction in 2006 of special features on specific topics within regions, the Yearbook has aimed to provide more analytical information designed to facilitate decision- making. In addition to reviewing global statistical trends and shifts in the populations of concern to UNHCR between January and December 2010, the Yearbook provides a number of case studies that examine issues such as health or IDP profiling.
Some key findings for 2010 include:
- total population of concern to UNHCR = 33.9 million
- total refugee population = 10.55 million
- total IDP population protected/assisted by UNHCR = 14.7 million
- developing countries hosted 80% of the refugee population, with over half in Asia
- the main receiving countries were Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Germany, Jordan and Kenya
- the main refugee-producing countries were Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, DRC and Myanmar
- stateless people were identified in 65 countries
- asylum applications submitted to governments and UNHCR decreased 10%, from 948,400 to 850,200 this year
- South Africa, the US, France, Germany, Sweden, Ecuador and Malaysia received the most asylum applications
- the main countries of origin for asylum-seekers were Zimbabwe, Somalia, DRC, Afghanistan, Colombia, Serbia (and Kosovo) and Myanmar
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