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Most of world’s refugees are hosted by poor countries, shows report

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3900
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Many of the world’s poorest countries are hosting huge populations of refugees, both in absolute numbers and in relation to the size of their economies, says a new report released this week by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The agency says that the report reveals “a deep imbalance in international support for the world’s forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world’s refugees being hosted by developing countries—and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialised ones.”

The report points out that most refugees flee to neighbouring countries. “Contrary to common belief, the …

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