Refugee Council of Australia
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How many refugees are there in the world?

Comparing host countries by capacity

Every country has a different capacity to host refugees. To compare the numbers of refugees across countries more fairly, UNHCR also measures the number of refugees a country hosts compared to its own population, and compared to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which acts as a measure of its financial capacity.

This world map shows the number of refugees each country hosts, compared to its own population. You can see that Turkey, several countries in Africa, and several countries in South America (who are hosting displaced Venezuelans) have a higher number of refugees per population than most.

However, the smaller countries are harder to see on this map. This chart shows the top 10 countries hosting refugees by population. You can see that there are several small countries, including Nauru and Lebanon, that feature on this chart.

This world map shows the number of refugees each country hosts, compared to its GDP. You can see that the countries that are most financially affected by hosting refugees are largely in Africa.

This chart shows the top 10 countries hosting refugees, compared to GDP. Again, most countries are in Africa, or in the Middle East.

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