The number of people displaced by persecution and conflict as at 31 December 2014 was estimated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at 59.5 million – 38.2 million internally displaced persons, 19.5 million refugees and 1.8 million asylum seekers. Of the 19.5 million refugees, 14.4 million were refugees under UNHCR’s mandate and 5.1 million were Palestinian refugees under the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency.[i]
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Who are asylum seekers?
An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection as a refugee, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been assessed. Many refugees have at some point been asylum seekers, that is, they have lodged an individual claim for protection and have had that claim assessed by a government or UNHCR.
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