When including refugees, asylum seekers and people displaced within their own country, the number of "people of concern" worldwide reached 65.6 million last year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, which is a record. The chart below shows which countries currently have the most people of concern.

Of those, 22.5 million were refugees, with 5.5 million coming from Syria, 2.5 million from Afghanistan and 1.4 million from South Sudan

Expand chart

Data: UNHCR; Map: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Playing host:

  • The 10 countries who combined host 56% of the world's refugees — including Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon — only account for 2.5% of the world's GDP, according to Amnesty International.
  • Meanwhile, the 6 richest countries — including the U.S., China, Germany and the UK — host less than 9% of the world's refugees.

Go deeper

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
1 min ago - Science

NASA confirms water exists on sunny parts of the Moon


Water on the Moon might be more easily accessible than previously thought, opening up new possible avenues for future human exploration, according to a new study.

Why it matters: NASA is aiming to send people back to the Moon as part of its Artemis program by 2024 with plans to eventually create a sustainable presence on the lunar surface. That sustainability relies on mining the moon for its resources, like water.

Updated 29 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, following Senate Democrats' claims that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency," a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday.

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.

Updated 32 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: The swing states where the pandemic is raging — Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after exposure puts others at risk — Pence no longer expected to attend Barrett confirmation vote after COVID exposure.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week — U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
  4. Education: The dangerous instability of school re-openings.
  5. World: Restrictions grow across Europe.
  6. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine.