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Government > Transnational Issues > Refugees and internally displaced persons > Stateless persons: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from Government > Transnational Issues > Refugees and internally displaced persons, which includes those persons residing in a country as refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). Each country's refugee entry includes only countries of origin that are the source of refugee populations of 5,000 or more. The definition of a refugee according to a United Nations Convention is "a person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution." The UN established the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1950 to handle refugee matters worldwide. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has a different operational definition for a Palestinian refugee: "a person whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948 and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict." However, UNHCR also assists some 400,000 Palestinian refugees not covered under the UNRWA definition. The term "internally displaced person" is not specifically covered in the UN Convention; it is used to describe people who have fled their homes for reasons similar to refugees, but who remain within their own national territory and are subject to the laws of that state.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Burma 808,075 2012
2 Nepal 800,000 2013
3 Cote d'Ivoire 700,000 2012
4 Thailand 506,197 2012
5 Latvia 280,759 2013
6 Syria 221,000 2012
7 Russia 178,000 2012
8 Iraq 120,000 2012
9 Estonia 94,235 2012
10 Kuwait 93,000 2013
11 Saudi Arabia 70,000 2013
12 Malaysia 40,001 2012
13 Ukraine 35,000 2012
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 27,597.15 2012
14 Brunei 21,009 2012
15 Kenya 20,000 2012
16 Kyrgyzstan 15,473 2012
17 Vietnam 11,500 2012
18 Poland 10,825 2012
19 Sweden 9,596 2012
20 Turkmenistan 8,947 2012
21 Serbia 8,500 2012
22 Albania 7,443 2012
23 Belarus 6,969 2012
24 Kazakhstan 6,935 2012
NATO countries average (profile) 6,482.09 2012
25 Philippines 6,015 2012
26 Germany 5,683 2012
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4,500 2012
28 Lithuania 4,130 2012
29 Belgium 3,898 2012
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 3,661.43 2012
30 Denmark 3,623 2012
31 Azerbaijan 3,585 2012
32 Montenegro 3,383 2012
33 Croatia 2,886 2012
34 Norway 2,313 2012
35 Tajikistan 2,300 2012
36 Finland 2,017 2012
37 Netherlands 2,005 2012
38 Moldova 1,998 2012
39 Slovakia 1,523 2013
40 Czech Republic 1,502 2012
41 Burundi 1,302 2012
42 France 1,210 2012
43 Qatar 1,200 2012
44 Georgia 1,156 2012
45 Japan 1,100 2012
46 Republic of Macedonia 905 2012
47 Turkey 780 2012
48 Portugal 553 2012
49 Austria 542 2012
50 Italy 470 2012
51 Romania 248 2012
52 Mongolia 220 2012
53 United Kingdom 205 2012
54 South Korea 179 2012
55 Luxembourg 177 2012
56 Greece 154 2012
57 Iceland 119 2012
58 Hungary 111 2012
59 Ireland 73 2012
60 Switzerland 69 2012
61 Egypt 60 2012
62 Spain 36 2012
63 Armenia 35 2012
64 Israel 14 2012
65 Colombia 12 2012
66 Mexico 7 2012
67 Liechtenstein 5 2012

Citation

"Countries Compared by Government > Transnational Issues > Refugees and internally displaced persons > Stateless persons. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/Transnational-Issues/Refugees-and-internally-displaced-persons/Stateless-persons

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