Refugee

  • refugees in 2017[1]
    total population
    c. 25.4 million
    (19.9 million under unhcr's mandate and 5.4 million under unrwa's mandate; the total number of forcibly displaced persons is 68.5 million)
    regions with significant populations
    sub-saharan africa6.236 million
    europe and north asia6.088 million
    south/east asia and oceania4.153 million
    west asia and north africa2.653 million
    north/south americas484,261

    a refugee, generally speaking, is a displaced person who has been forced to cross national boundaries and who cannot return home safely (for more detail see legal definition). such a person may be called an asylum seeker until granted refugee status by the contracting state or the unhcr[2] if they formally make a claim for asylum.[3] the lead international agency coordinating refugee protection is the united nations office of the united nations high commissioner for refugees (unhcr). the united nations have a second office for refugees, the unrwa, which is solely responsible for supporting the large majority of palestinian refugees.[4]

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Refugees in 2017[1]
Total population
c. 25.4 million
(19.9 million under UNHCR's mandate and 5.4 million under UNRWA's mandate; the total number of forcibly displaced persons is 68.5 million)
Regions with significant populations
Sub-Saharan Africa6.236 million
Europe and North Asia6.088 million
South/East Asia and Oceania4.153 million
West Asia and North Africa2.653 million
North/South Americas484,261

A refugee, generally speaking, is a displaced person who has been forced to cross national boundaries and who cannot return home safely (for more detail see legal definition). Such a person may be called an asylum seeker until granted refugee status by the contracting state or the UNHCR[2] if they formally make a claim for asylum.[3] The lead international agency coordinating refugee protection is the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The United Nations have a second Office for refugees, the UNRWA, which is solely responsible for supporting the large majority of Palestinian refugees.[4]