More Than One Every Four Refugee in the World Last Year Was From Syria

Total Refugees and People in Refugee-Like Situations per Country of Origin
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Total Refugees and People in Refugee-Like Situations (OUTGOING)
Syrian Arab Republic3883585
Afghanistan2593368
Somalia1106068
Sudan665954
South Sudan616210
Congo, Democratic Republic of the516770
Myanmar479001
Central African Republic412041
Iraq369904
Eritrea363077
Colombia360298
Pakistan335915
Viet Nam313419
Ukraine237636
China210730
Mali139267
Sri Lanka121996
Western Sahara116482
Palestine97235
Nigeria90921
Ethiopia86861
Iran82170
Rwanda79411
Russian Federation72777
Burundi72499
Ivory Coast71959
Turkey63975
Chad48258
Serbia and Kosovo46123
Croatia40126
Haiti37161
Mauritania34114
Stateless27403
Bhutan23642
Senegal23118
Zimbabwe22494
Ghana22149
Bosnia and Herzegovina21892
Egypt15873
Guinea15243
Tibet15069
Congo, Republic of14497
Indonesia14408
Liberia13575
Cambodia13071
Armenia11850
El Salvador10965
Bangladesh10867
Cameroon10761
Mexico10666
Azerbaijan10521
India10433
Albania10140
Angola9507
Togo9278
Nepal8563
Kenya8556
Venezuela8009
Cuba7502
Guatemala7483
Laos7482
Uganda7191
Georgia6732
Gambia5134
Sierra Leone4997
United States of America4986
Uzbekistan4796
Peru4343
Belarus4302
Lebanon4272
Libya4194
Honduras4159
Algeria3523
Yemen2628
Kyrgyzstan2437
Moldova2242
Kazakhstan2212
Mongolia2146
Romania1921
Burkina Faso1857
Macedonia1768
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1736
Jordan1716
Jamaica1692
Bulgaria1648
Nicaragua1587
Morocco1532
Tunisia1486
Czech Republic1328
Poland1310
Guinea-Bissau1307
North Korea1282
Hungary1267
Namibia1253
Kuwait994
Brazil977
Israel971
Fiji924
Saint Lucia922
Djibouti880
Tanzania857
Ecuador805
Niger738
Tajikistan713
Guyana700
Philippines672
Saudi Arabia630
Montenegro604
Bolivia599
Comoros581
Chile579
Turkmenistan486
South Korea481
Malaysia468
South Africa424
Costa Rica417
Trinidad and Tobago371
Malawi360
Dominican Republic349
Bahrain347
Benin340
Estonia339
Grenada324
Slovakia319
Argentina318
Zambia316
Papua New Guinea288
Madagascar281
Japan263
Botswana237
Thailand233
Bahamas215
Latvia213
Lithuania183
Germany176
Equatorial Guinea174
Gabon172
Swaziland161
United Kingdom141
Uruguay124
Greece113
Canada95
Paraguay94
Mauritius94
France92
United Arab Emirates90
Panama89
Barbados86
Belgium75
Solomon Islands70
Netherlands68
Italy67
Spain60
Singapore59
Mozambique58
Antigua and Barbuda53
Belize45
Dominica38
Maldives36
Curaçao35
Portugal31
Oman29
Cabo Verde27
Slovenia26
Australia25
Seychelles25
China, Hong Kong SAR25
Sao Tome and Principe22
Saint Kitts and Nevis22
Tonga22
Qatar21
Switzerland19
Sweden18
Niue18
New Zealand17
Suriname17
Lesotho17
Turcs and Caicos Islands15
Norway13
Timor-Leste13
Denmark12
Cyprus10
Austria10
Ireland10
Andorra7
Finland7
Cayman Islands6
Malta5
China, Macao SAR5
Kiribati3
Monaco3
Marshall Islands3
Tuvalu2
Luxembourg2
Gibraltar2
Palau1
Vanuatu1
Norfolk Island1
Cook Islands1
Samoa1
Anguilla1
San Marino1
Brunei Darussalam1
Iceland1
Nauru
Guadeloupe
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Holy See (the)
Sint Maarten
Aruba
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Liechtenstein
Montserrat
Micronesia


27% of 2014 Refugees Were from Syria.

Syria now accounts for more than one every four refugee in the world. For decades, it had been Afghanistan to hold the first place as the country of origin of most refugees. Now it slipped to second place, followed by Somalia and Sudan.

Details on Top 5 Countries Sources for Refugees


If we consider the total populaiton of concern to UNHCR, then Colombia comes second. This is mainly due to the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) the Colombian government registered as a result of its civil conflict agains the FARC.

Country of Origin of Total Population of Concern


The biggest global flows of refugees clearly depict the human consequences of the Syrian crisis. The biggest refugee flow of 2014 was the one from Syria to Turkey. The latter hosted more than 1.56 million Syrian refugees at the end of 2014. Lebanon and Jordan also sustained the burden, with respectively 1.15M and 623K. 

Among the top 10 routes for number of refugees at the end of last year were the ones from Afghanistan. About 1.5M fled to Pakistan, and another 950K to Iran.

Top 10 Refugee Flows by Number of Refugees at the End of 2014


Refugee Flows: Destination Countries and Number of Refugees at the End 2014, Filtered for Syria as Country of Origin