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Mapping the world's displaced people

Number of refugees, internally displaced people hits 18-year-high, UN says

Last Updated: Sept. 3, 2013

According to data from the UN's refugee agency, there were 10.5 million refugees worldwide in 2012. Another 17.7 million were displaced within their own country's borders, 3.3 million were "stateless" and millions more suffered other types of displacement.

As this map shows, almost half the world's refugees came from three countries: Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. These countries also had high numbers of internally displaced people, as did Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hover over the countries for more.

Note: The data for Serbia includes for both Serbia and Kosovo. For more on how displaced people are classified, see page 46 of the UN report.
Data for Syria updated from UN refugee agency figures and official estimates on Sept. 3, 2013, due to the rapidly evolving security situation.

Source: UNHCR Global Trends Report 2012

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