UN: 3.2 million refugees found 'home' in poor countries -UN study

New York, US (PANA) - Most of the 3.2 million people driven forcibly from their homes in early 2016 found shelter in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a statement on the study, said: "The biggest contributors providing a safe haven to the world’s uprooted people are poorer communities."

He noted that more than half the new refugees in the first half of 2016 fled Syria’s conflict, with most staying in the immediate region – Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

The study know as UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Mid-Year Trends 2016 report, stated that
other sizable groups fled Iraq, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

"For example, relative to the sizes of their populations, Lebanon and Jordan host the largest number of refugees, while in terms of economic performance the biggest burdens are carried by South Sudan and Chad," it said.

The UN refugee chief also said: "Today we face not so much a crisis of numbers but of cooperation and solidarity."

Of all countries, Turkey sheltered the greatest number of refugees, hosting 2.8 million by mid-2016.

It was followed by Pakistan (1.6 million), Lebanon (one million), Iran (978,000), Ethiopia (742,700), Jordan (691,800), Kenya (523,500), Uganda (512,600), Germany (478,600) and Chad (386,100).

PANA recalled that earlier this month, the UN refugee chief criticized the politicizing of refugees in Europe, the United States, and other industrialized countries and regional blocks.

“These are people that flee from danger, they’re not dangerous themselves,” he had said.
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28 february 2017 20:04:23

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