Countries that Host the Most Refugees

Name the countries that host the most people who have fled from another country.
As of 2019. Source.
Includes all registered refugees and asylum seekers who fled at any time in their lives and haven't returned. Some fled decades ago.
Quiz by KeyMaster
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Last updated: August 14, 2020
First submittedJune 26, 2015
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Main Source
Country
3,910,000
Syria
Turkey
1,780,000
Venezuela
Colombia
1,460,000
Syria
Germany
1,430,000
Afghanistan
Pakistan
1,380,000
South Sudan
Uganda
1,190,000
China
United States
1,070,000
South Sudan
Sudan
979,000
Afghanistan
Iran
928,000
Syria
Lebanon
868,000
Venezuela
Peru
855,000
Myanmar
Bangladesh
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Main Source
Country
745,000
Syria
Jordan
735,000
South Sudan
Ethiopia
527,000
Rwanda
D. R. Congo
510,000
Afghanistan
France
504,000
Venezuela
Ecuador
490,000
Somalia
Kenya
463,000
Venezuela
Chile
446,000
Sudan
Chad
416,000
Central African Republic
Cameroon
364,000
Venezuela
Brazil
325,000
Syria
Egypt
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2018
Who would have thought there would be consequences to invading sovereign nations and overthrowing their democratically elected leaders?
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Level 67
Jan 22, 2018
Probably every warmonger involved. The more interesting question is whether those consequences have been accepted collateral damage or explicit strategic goals.
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2018
I'll pass on answering that one. If I did, I'd return here tomorrow to a 3-page essay from kalbahamut.
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Level 82
Jan 23, 2018
Amusing
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Level 80
May 5, 2018
Say something not in need of correcting and I won't need to correct you.
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Level 69
May 5, 2018
probably both in different situations
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Level 69
May 5, 2018
"Say something not in need of correcting and I won't need to correct you." Translation: Say something that conforms to U.S. foreign policy and I won't need to correct you.
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Level 80
May 6, 2018
Mr. Pork is *actually* the conservative ill-informed jingoist that your biases, prejudice, and ignorance have led you to label me as, tsh. If there's something he has said that I corrected I'm very sure it wasn't something that you would think was accurate. Of course your comment here is as brilliant, perceptive and insightful as always.
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Level 69
May 6, 2018
Loved your stuff about East Timor on the Catholic countries quiz today. Keep up the informative work.
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Level 54
May 10, 2018
'If there's something he has said that I corrected I'm very sure it wasn't something that you would think was accurate.'

So basically a roundabout way of saying 'I'm right'?
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Level 80
May 10, 2018
No, Aesthus. You, Pork, and tshalla are all routinely wrong but in different and unique ways. I was pointing out that it is odd tshalla would be coming to Pork's defense, given that the two probably agree on almost nothing, but I know he couldn't resist the chance to try and insult me.
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Level 80
Oct 18, 2020
tsh: by "my stuff" do you mean where I made a single error in an otherwise correct post, that error was pointed out, I readily admitted to the mistake as I always do when anyone points out where I was wrong (unlike some people who never do that), and then moved on? That's what you're going to use to try and score points?
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2018
One factor among many in most of these places. I know it's hip to blame all the world's ails on interventionism, but let's not be so simplistic.
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2018
Right, and at least those refugees from China and Vietnam are rather due to purely domestic affairs. However, in the other cases recent or past interventionism has definitively been one of the driving factors.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2018
I wouldn't say it's being simplistic. At least 15 out of the 20 entries are on this list because the source country either tried to establish its own banking system/currency or put up resistance to giving up its natural resources.
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2018
Can you back this? I would argue that for all listed countries but China, Vietnam, and Afghanistan past imperialistic "interventionism" is (also a/)the dominant driver. 19th/20th-century-imperialism is there still manifested in terms of arbitrary borders. "It's the economy, stupid!" is indeed too simplistic, IMHO. ;-)
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
There's a certain naive thread in western circles that assumes that everything would be great in Iran, Congo, and other countries if only they had the "right" leader. Therefore obscure U.S. actions in those countries several decades ago are the reason why they are so messed up.
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
But as well all know it is Belgium to blame in the Congo and probably every other country as well. :)
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Level 70
May 5, 2018
Quizmaster, why do you hate Belgium so much?
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Level 80
May 5, 2018
His father choked to death on a waffle.
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Level 66
May 5, 2018
Other countries, including Congo itself - I would say
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Level 70
Aug 14, 2020
Why, past me, why. Go away I don't want to see your comments anymore
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Level 55
May 5, 2018
Half of these countries are on the list because there wasn't an intervention or there was too little of one. Pulling out of Somalia and not going into Syria sure was a good idea, am I right?
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Level 73
Aug 17, 2020
Amazing that literally not one of the above situations actually fulfills your statement. Try again?
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Level 71
Jan 22, 2018
Man, this is rough. I can't imagine being, say, a Somali going to Yemen to seek safety.
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Level 52
Jan 23, 2018
Somalia is generally considered to be a more corrupt and less developed than Yemen. Somalia just hasn't got into the media spotlight like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq have.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2018
Somalia hasn't had a stable government since 1991.
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2018
Well, this is 2015 data, before Yemen fell apart completely.
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Level 69
May 5, 2018
I don't know how it's different today, but southern Yemen has had a large Somali population for some time (terribly vague, I know). Struggles in the north from about 2006 probably did nothing to change this. I don't know about the stuff since 2012, but I don't think it's guaranteed that there's been a significant movement back, or elsewhere, since then.
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Level 82
Jan 23, 2018
Good quiz - Yemen flummoxed me for a smidgen
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Level 69
Jan 25, 2018
It's interesting how countries that have the most refugees fleeing from the country also commonly have the most refugees fleeing into the country.
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Level 70
May 5, 2018
Well, no one's fleeing into Syria, that's for sure.
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Level 80
May 5, 2018
It's largely just a collection of countries in the least stable parts of the world. This leads to large population displacements going in various directions.
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Level 68
May 5, 2018
Crazy how both Sudan and South Sudan are on here, with the other one always being the main source
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Level 72
May 5, 2018
I suppose it's just Christians from Sudan going south, and Muslims from South Sudan going north.
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Level 66
May 5, 2018
I would guess that it's Muslims fleeing from South Sudan and Christians fleeing from Sudan. But I could be wrong.
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Level 66
May 5, 2018
Maybe it is time to update quiz. Bangladesh now has over 700,000 Rohynga refugees fleeing Myanmar.
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Level 61
May 5, 2018
I've been to ?, and quite liked it. Couldn't really tell you why I liked it though, it had a certain mystique to it.
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Level 49
May 5, 2018
Sounds like I should skip my Syria trip this year.
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Level 61
May 5, 2018
So people from South Sudan are fleeing to Sudan, and then people from Sudan are fleeing to South Sudan? How would this work?
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Level 56
May 6, 2018
Because the Christians are going one way and the Muslims are going the other,
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Level 65
May 6, 2018
The population is still adjusting to the schism. They flee to whichever side of the formerly quasi-unified country that is more geopolitically or religiously compatible with them.
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Level 56
May 6, 2018
As an Australia who has to read about the refugee problem we have here all the time, its absolutely hilarious to me that it doesn't even make the list! Our government is nothing but a great big giant cry-baby, angry that it has to take care of... not many refugees, really.
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Level 71
May 7, 2018
Same for me in the UK - we are such a wealthy country and we are doing so little.
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Level 77
Aug 14, 2020
Look at Lebanon ... 1/7 inhabitants is a refugee and it's the size of 4.4× ACT.
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Level 46
Oct 15, 2020
It’s not quite the same. Syrian refugees’ culture is a lot more similar to Lebanon’s than Australia. So a smaller percentage of Australians is more noticeable and problematic than a larger percentage of Lebanese being refugees.
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Level 60
May 7, 2018
I think it was my first attempt and I got 20/20. GG
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Level 50
May 7, 2018
being a 2018 quiz is a bit outdated, the second largest refugee crisis comes from Venezuela, having almost 2 million refugees, almost a million of them in Colombia, and not as many from Afghanistan anymore that is now third.
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Level 45
May 7, 2018
No Italy, really? lmao
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Level 53
Mar 15, 2019
I think they go to Italy but then move on. Maybe it's the food.
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Level 58
Oct 15, 2020
they don't stay in Italy, it is just the entry point
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Level 41
Nov 14, 2018
Sudan goes to South Sudan and South Sudan goes back to Sudan ...
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Level 60
Nov 7, 2019
Arab Muslims go to Sudan and African Christians go to South Sudan. One of the main reason why they split up in 2011.
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Level 37
Aug 2, 2020
The top 4 and most countries are Muslim. This is the kindness of Muslims Long live Muslims
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
Colombia and Germany are Muslim?? And the fact that most of these are Muslim refugees might tell you something else.
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2020
Yes, it tells that the West does not want Muslim nations to be stable and instead fights wars in them for the sake of "reducing terrorism", as if killing millions of innocent people will bring back the Twin Towers. The fact that most of the refugees themselves are Muslims tell that the Muslims are under fire, whereas in the media, everything is blamed on the Muslims. So we are getting blame on both sides.
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Level 37
Sep 10, 2020
💯% agreed
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Level 65
Oct 17, 2020
I'm sorry, Eigengrau, but that's a gross oversimplification. The West is not responsible for what is happening in Syria or Yemen. The West did not start those wars. Those are civil wars among the countries' own inhabitants. It is wrong for people to generalize that most Muslims are violent, but it's also wrong to blame every problem in the Muslim world on the West. The West is involved in those conflicts, but it did not start them.
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Level 37
Sep 10, 2020
@joeythelemur when I commented the quiz was not updated
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Level 50
Oct 15, 2020
Both bad and good Muslims exist. It's usually hard to judge who is the majority. But, through history, Islamic rulers have mostly been evil....
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Level 62
Aug 17, 2020
Does anyone else find it odd that China is the largest source of refugees to the US? Obviously America has an enormous Chinese population, but I'm pretty sure the majority of them (including all of the ones I know) are here for economic reasons. Does this have anything to do with the caveat (perhaps people fleeing Maoist China in the 60s and 70s for example) or am I just incorrect in my previous assumption?
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Level 80
Oct 15, 2020
I think it probably has a lot to do with the caveat.
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2020
A very sad quiz to have done.