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Countries that Host the Most Refugees

Name the countries that host the most people who have fled from another country.
As of 2015. Source: Wikipedia
Quiz by KeyMaster
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Last updated: January 22, 2018
First submittedJune 26, 2015
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# Refugees
Main Source
Country
1,840,000
Syria
Turkey
1,540,000
Afghanistan
Pakistan
1,170,000
Syria
Lebanon
980,000
Afghanistan
Iran
700,000
South Sudan
Ethiopia
660,000
Syria
Jordan
550,000
Somalia
Kenya
430,000
D.R. Congo
Uganda
420,000
Sudan
Chad
320,000
South Sudan
Sudan
# Refugees
Main Source
Country
320,000
Ukraine
Russia
300,000
Vietnam
China
290,000
Central African Republic
Cameroon
290,000
Syria
Iraq
270,000
China
United States
270,000
Sudan
South Sudan
270,000
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France
260,000
Somalia
Yemen
250,000
Iraq
Germany
230,000
Syria
Egypt
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level 66
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 64
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 66
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 77
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 68
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 77
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 68
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 51
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 77
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 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 64
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 66
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 64
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 67
May 5, 2018
Quizmaster, why do you hate Belgium so much?
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level 77
May 5, 2018
His father choked to death on a waffle.
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level 65
May 5, 2018
Other countries, including Congo itself - I would say
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level 52
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 72
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 48
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 62
Jan 23, 2018
Somalia hasn't had a stable government since 1991.
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level 80
Jan 26, 2018
Well, this is 2015 data, before Yemen fell apart completely.
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level 68
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 67
Jan 23, 2018
Got them all apart from France. I didn't really know what country to guess for a question mark and ran out of time before I got to France. QM, Is the question mark as a result of France taking refugees from various conflicts?
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level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
For some reason the data were incomplete for France.
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level 63
May 5, 2018
Maybe it has to do with the quite extensive privacy laws in France?
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level 82
Jan 23, 2018
Good quiz - Yemen flummoxed me for a smidgen
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level 67
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 67
May 5, 2018
Well, no one's fleeing into Syria, that's for sure.
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level 77
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 61
Feb 5, 2018
What? No Sweden? Fox News lied to me again!
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level 43
Feb 11, 2018
Oh ! So it isn't only Western countries like the media stipulates ! If only all the chavs stating " Oh why do refugees come to Europe, if they really were in danger they would go to the nearest safe country" would be aware of those statistics...
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level 77
May 5, 2018
If they were able to make the trip most of these people would be happy to end up in the US or Germany. The majority of them cannot, however, and end up in whatever country is across the border. Just look at the top 14 answers- 100% of them mostly have refugees from a country they are directly adjacent to. The USA shows up at #15 and doesn't border China, but if you included economic refugees then the US would also have a bordering country as it's main source and you could add about 20 million people to its total.
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level 52
May 8, 2018
Nobody counts immigrants from Mexico as refugees though. The term economic refugee does not exist. The truth is that the US takes in far less refugees than the media makes you think.
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level 77
May 9, 2018
How does the term not exist? I just used it and I can type it in to google right now and find many articles that use the same term. People usually prefer the term "economic migrant" mostly because they don't want to afford people escaping from extreme poverty the same status as those escaping from conflict, but that doesn't mean the term doesn't exist; and further, many immigrants to the United States from Latin America are coming from areas where there is more violence and crime than many active warzones.
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level 62
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 69
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 62
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 61
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 57
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 60
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 45
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 52
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 70
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 60
May 7, 2018
I think it was my first attempt and I got 20/20. GG
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level 48
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 41
Nov 14, 2018
Sudan goes to South Sudan and South Sudan goes back to Sudan ...
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level 51
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.