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Top Countries of Refugee Origins and the Neighboring Countries That Hosted Them

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The world became a messier place in 2015 with terrorism, strife, economic instability and political turmoil affecting a major part of it, especially Africa and the Middle East. At the end of 2015, millions of refugees from these strife-torn countries left their homes in search of safer environments. Many of these people left for the much stable and relatively safe countries in Europe, while some headed to the US. However, many of them sought refuge in neighboring countries.

As per a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report, of the approximately 10.1 million refugees who belonged to the five highest countries of origin and sought refuge in other nations, some 1.1 million went to the neighboring countries. Of the top five countries of refugee origin, Syria stood at the top. Millions of people have left the nation which is marred by Civil War. According to the report, by the end of 2015, of the 4.9 million Syrian refugees some 2.5 million were living in Turkey, while 1.1 million and 0.6 million were living in Lebanon and Jordan respectively, and many had made their home in other countries. Pakistan and Iran hosted the largest number of Afghan refugees which numbered 1.6 million and 1 million respectively, while some also sought refuge in other nations.

The other three top nations of origin were the African countries of Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, which witnessed 1.1 million, 0.8 million and 0.6 million people leaving their homes for neighboring countries. The countries in which these people sought refuge were Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad, Yemen, Uganda and other nations. Interestingly, South Sudan hosted 0.2 million refugees from Sudan. Sudan hosted the same number of refugees from South Sudan.

(Data sourced from the United Nations Human Rights Council.)

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