New Internationalist

Scattered Peoples

Issue 223

new internationalist
issue 223 - September 1991

Scattered peoples

The growing numbers of refugees are scattered worldwide.
These pages show the official UNHCR figures for 19901.
Actual numbers may well be much larger and are constantly changing.

Refugee population by region.

EUROPE
France 194,900
Germany (West) 150,700
Sweden 139,800
United Kingdom 100,000
Turkey 33,000
Denmark 33,000
Switzerland 29,300
Netherlands 27,200
Hungary 27,000
Belgium 25,500
Norway 18,500
Austria 18,200
Italy 11,450
Spain 8,700
Greece 7,500
Finland 2,000
Yugoslavia 950
Portugal 650
 
MIDDLE EAST2
Iran 2,850,000
Yemen 80,100
Lebanon 4,400
 
AFRICA
Malawi 822,5003
Sudan 767,700
Ethiopia 710,200
Somalia 600,000
Burundi 267,500
Tanzania 265,200
Zimbabwe 175,350
Algeria 169,100
Zambia 137,000
Uganda 129,960
Senegal 53,350
Cameroon 48,630
Swaziland 34,900
Rwanda 21,500
Mauritania 15,000
Angola 12,900
Kenya 12,400
Lesotho 4,200
Nigeria 3,800
Congo 3,400
Togo 3,400
Central African Republic 2,490
Egypt 1,700
Djibouti 1,450
Botswana 1,450
Benin 860
 
ASIA
Pakistan 3,275,700
China 280,500
Thailand 99,900
Hong Kong 49,500
Philippines 26,650
Vietnam 15,000
India 9,500
Japan 8,400
 
AUSTRALASIA
Australia 97,900
Malaysia 20,500
Papua New Guinea 7,700
Aotearoa (New Zealand) 4,700
Indonesia 4,500
 
NORTH AMERICA
United States of America 1,000,000
Canada 447,200
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
Mexico 356,400
Costa Rica 278,600
Honduras 237,100
Guatemala 223,100
Belize 30,100
El Salvador 20,300
Nicaragua 16,000
Cuba 4,000
Dominican Republic 3,350
Panama 1,500
 
SOUTH AMERICA
Argentina 12,600
Brazil 5,300
Venezuela 2,200
Colombia 700
Peru 700

1 UNHCR, 1990 2 At the peak of the Gulf crisis over 1.5 million people crossed borders into neighbouring countries. Around 260,000 remain in Iran and 13,000 in Turkey. 3 There are now probably close to a million Mozambican refugees in Malawi. 4 Now over 6 million.

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