UN: number of refugees in developed countries rises by 50% in one year
The number of asylum seekers from Ukraine has grown more than tenfold – from 1,400 to 15,700 people.
The number of forced refugees who requested asylum in developed countries increased by 45% in 2014 comparatively to the previous year.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 866,000 refugees last year – the highest figure for the last 22 years. The figure was high in 1992 because of the Bosnian war.
Now, armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq mainly force people to flee their homes. Syria (150 thousand), Iraq (69,000) and Afghanistan (60 thousand) are three leaders of the forced exodus.
Germany has received the biggest number of asylum requests among the developed countries last year, nearly 173,000.
The number of asylum seekers from Ukraine grew more than tenfold – from 1,400 to 15,700 people.
UN figures do not include immigrants in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
In early February, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine registered more than one million internally displaced persons from the ATO area and annexed Crimea.
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