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Pak hosts highest number of refugees world-wide: UNHCR

Geneva , Mon, 20 Jun 2011 ANI

Geneva, June 20(ANI): Pakistan hosts the highest number of refugees, 1.9 million people as against 1.6 million in Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said in an annual report.


According to the report, "Global Trends 2010", there were 43.7 million displaced people worldwide at the end of 2010, up from 43.3 million a year before.


It includes 15.4 million refugees who fled across borders - 80 percent of them to nearby developing countries - and 27.5 million uprooted within their own homelands.


Another 850,000 are asylum seekers who lodged claims.


Iran and Syria follow Pakistan with 1.1 million and 1 million refugees respectively.


Afghans form the largest group of refugees, followed by Iraqis, Somalis and Congolese, whose countries are also mired in protracted conflicts.


"The causes of displacement are not going away. So far this year we have seen conflict in North Africa, Ivory Coast, Syria, Sudan and other places around the world that have produced people fleeing dangerous situations," The Daily Times quoted Alexander Aleinikoff, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, as saying. (ANI)


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