Refugee Statistics

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Refugee Statistics

Postby Bootstrap » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:23 pm

This thread is for statistics about refugees - How many are there? How many are being cared for by neighboring countries? How many are coming to the United States?

One good source of statistics is the United Nation Human Right Commission's report Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015

In all, 86 per cent of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate in 2015 were in low- and middle-income countries close to situations of conflict. Worldwide, Turkey was the biggest host country, with 2.5 million refugees. With nearly one refugee for every five citizens, Lebanon hosted more refugees compared to its population than any other country.

Distressingly, children made up an astonishing 51 per cent of the world’s refugees in 2015, according to the data UNHCR was able to gather (complete demographic data was not available to the report authors). Many were separated from their parents or travelling alone.


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Re: Refugee Statistics

Postby Bootstrap » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:11 pm

In 2016, the United States took 96,874 refugees, including 15,479 from Syria, which has 4.9 million refugees.

That's a small fraction of the 62.3 million refugees. But it's a much larger fraction of the Resettlement Program, which cares for those whose needs cannot be met in their asylum countries. The final report for 2016 is not out yet, here are the statistics for 2015:

Many refugees are unable to go home because of continued conflict, war, and persecution. They also may have sought protection in countries where their specific needs cannot be met. In these circumstances, UNHCR helps to resettle refugees in a third country, transferring them from an asylum country to another State that has agreed to admit them as refugees and ultimately grant them permanent residence.


During 2015, UNHCR referred 134,000 refugees for resettlement, a 29 per cent increase from 2014 and the highest such number in about two decades. Syrians constituted the single largest nationality submitted, with 53,300 individuals referred. The second largest population was refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (20,500), followed by those from Iraq (11,200), Somalia (10,200), and Myanmar (9,700). These five nationalities represented nearly 80 per cent of all submissions. The United States of America (82,500), Canada (22,900), and Australia (9,300) received 85 per cent of all UNHCR submissions made during the year. In total, refugees from 70 nationalities were submitted for resettlement from 84 countries or territories of asylum to 27 countries of resettlement.
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Re: Refugee Statistics

Postby Bootstrap » Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:18 pm

Some things I have read imply that the number of refugees being admitted to the United States is skyrocketing. That's simply not true. Here is a useful graph on the number of refugees admitted to the United States.

This graph shows the numbers in thousands - not millions - so it is a very small fraction of the 62.3 million refugees.

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Here are the number who gain permanent residence:

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Re: Refugee Statistics

Postby Bootstrap » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:27 am

Here's the process for refugees to be admitted to the United States (before the latest executive order).

Note that:

  • Less than 1% of refugees are even candidates for resettlement to the United States. The vast majority of refugees live in neighboring countries, and never become candidates for resettlement.
  • The process takes at least 18 months, often 2 years, and can take many years
  • There are many levels of vetting, by many agencies, using biometric data, over a period of years

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