Around the Globe, a Desperate Flight From Turmoil

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SYRIAN DISPLACEMENT

About 11.6 million Syrians have been displaced, nearly half of Syria’s entire population. Most of them are scattered within Syria, but 3.9 million were living abroad by the end of 2014 – nearly all of them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Countries with more than 1,000 Syrian refugees.

Fleeing Syria

Beyond the millions who have fled to Syria’s immediate neighbors, Egypt has received the largest number of Syrian refugees, roughly 138,000 by last December. All other countries combined have received a relatively small number, some 140,000, as shown above.

OVERLOOKED CONTINENT

Despite the drama of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, most Africans displaced by conflict stay in Africa.

About 15 million people are displaced in sub-Saharan Africa — 4.5 million of them fled last year. Long-lasting conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the civil war in South Sudan, are some of the top contributors.

AFRICA

Camps with more than 1,000 refugees

MAIN DESTINATIONS

When refugees flee their own countries, most wind up with their
immediate neighbors, often some of the world’s poorer nations.

85 percent of all refugees are living in this area

IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD

The United States and France, some of the top hosts of refugees in the developed world, have the greatest variety of refugees by country of origin.

In terms of hosting displaced people, developed countries pale in comparison with nations bordering conflict zones. Combined, the United States and France had 760,000 refugees last year. Ethiopia, for example, is host to some 665,000, most  from Somalia and South Sudan. Rich nations offer most of the funding to aid refugees in the developing world. The United States contributed about a third of the United Nations refugee agency budget in 2014.

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