The UNHCR released its annual report this week for last year: “2009 Global Trends- Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Persons.”
The UNHCR estimates that approximately 43.3 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2009. South Africa continued in 2009 to be the destination country receiving the largest number of new asylum seekers (222,000). The US and France were second and third with less than 50,000 new asylum seekers.
The Guardian’s Data Blog published an interesting graphic with the UNHCR statistics.
Click here for UNHCR web article.
Click here for link to the UNHCR Report.
Click here for link to the Guardian’s map.