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The refugee map of the world
By Simon Rogers,
The Guardian, 20 June 2012.

There were 800,000 new refugees in the world in 2011, according to the latest data out this week from the UNHCR. 2011 is a record year for forced displacement, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.

1. Afghanistan still produces more refugees than any other country - 3,054,709 - followed by Iraq and Somalia.

2. The US and the UK produced as well as accepted refugees in 2011. US: 3,778 (+24.9%) and UK: 150 (-2.2%).

3. Côte d'Ivoire has seen a 270% increase in just one year, and Libya +89.9%.

4. 4.3m people were newly displaced,

5. In many countries, the majority of people "of concern" to the UNHCR are children aged under 18 - 72% in Eritrea, for example


7. Data does not include Palestinian refugees looked after by UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency]

Go to the original article to view the maps.

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Refugees from here, 2011

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Refugees from here, 2011 – Satellite Image

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Total refugees and people in refugee-like situations, 2011

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Refugees per 1,000 population, 2011

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% change, total refugees from here, 2010-2011

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% of population of concern aged under 18, 2011

[Source: The Guardian.]

The following is an interactive presentation from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website. Click the forward button at the bottom to go from one screen to the next.

The figures are very revealing. The source and host countries with the biggest number of refugees are those embroiled in conflicts - and they are Muslim nations. Who are the perpetrators? You draw your own conclusion.

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