Developing countries host more than 80% of world’s refugees

MORE than 23,000 people were forced to flee conflicts around the world every day last year, a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency annual report has found.

Released on Wednesday, the report revealed that 7.1 million people were displaced by persecution or conflict during 2012.

It also shows the total number of people forced to flee conflicts every single day last year was more than the number of people seeking asylum in Australia so far this year.

The report found more than 23,000 people were forced to flee their homes during the year, compared with just over 20,000 people seeking asylum in Australia.

It also revealed developing countries hosted more than 80% of the world's refugees, with the 49 least-developed countries on the planet housing 2.4 million refugees by year's end.

During 2012, 88,600 refugees were resettled in 22 countries, with Australia accepting 5900 refugees, compared with the 66,300 accepted by the United States.

For destinations for registered asylum-seekers, Australia received 25,3000 applications, while the United Kingdom received 27,500 and Canada, 20,200.

More than half of all refugees worldwide came from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic and Sudan in 2012.

Pakistan was the host to the largest number of refugees, with 1.6 million, followed by Iran with 868,200, Germany 589,700 and Kenya at 565,000.

The report was released as another boat carrying 81 asylum-seekers was intercepted north of Christmas Island overnight, before transfer to the island for health and security checks.



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