The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) recently published statistics on refugee trends in 2008.  A co-work with ITeams has repackaged the data into a “Highway Snapshot” – a more accessible format, if you’re interested in an overview.  Here’s an overview of that overview:

There remain more than 67 million forcefully displaced people worldwide (1 out of 100 persons on earth).

  • 16 million refugees and asylum seekers
  • 26 million Conflict generated Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
  • 25 million Natural Disaster IDPs

Where are they from? (Source Nations)

  1. 4,804,245 Iraq
  2. 3,609,746 Afghanistan
  3. 3,594,859 Colombia
  4. 2,953,193 Stateless
  5. 2,784,383 D.R. Congo
  6. 1,839,494 Uganda
  7. 1,476,007 Somalia
  8. 761,099   Sri Lanka
  9. 738,914   Cote d’Ivoire
  10. 704,401   Azerbaijan

Where are they going? (Host Nations)

  1. 2,033,100 Pakistan
  2. 1,503,800 Syria
  3. 963,500 Iran
  4. 578,900 Germany
  5. 500,300 Jordan
  6. 435,600 Tanzania
  7. 301,100 China
  8. 293,453 UK
  9. 294,000 Chad
  10. 281,200 USA

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