12 December 2013

New UNHCR Statistical Yearbook

The 2012 edition of UNHCR's Statistical Yearbook has been published. Some of the main findings include:

- "By end-2012, 45.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, and/or human rights violations. Some 15.4 million people were refugees, 10.5 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 4.9 million Palestinian refugees registered by UNRWA."

- "By the end of 2012, the total population of concern to UNHCR was estimated at 35.8 million people." Broken down, this figure includes: "10.5 million refugees; 928,200 asylum-seekers; 526,000 refugees who had repatriated during 2012; 17.7 million IDPs protected or assisted by UNHCR; 1.5 million IDPs who had returned to their place of origin in 2012; 3.3 million stateless persons; & 1.3 million others of concern."

- The top five receiving countries for asylum applications were South Africa, the US, Germany, France & Sweden.

- The top five countries of origin for asylum applications were DRC, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan & Eritrea.

- "Refugee status based on the 1951 Convention was granted in 30 per cent of decisions in 2012."

- The top five refugee-hosting countries were Pakistan, Iran, Germany, Kenya and Syria.

- The top five refugee-producing countries were Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.

Previous editions of the yearbook can be accessed here.

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