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By the numbers: The world's refugee problem

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

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.