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Pakistan ranks second in refugee numbers

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published : Jun 21, 2017, 2:51 am IST
Updated : Jun 21, 2017, 2:51 am IST

The estimated population of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is of the documented refugees only.

The UN in its annual report praised Pakistan for its efforts to relocate displaced refugees, mainly from Afghanistan. (Photo: Representational Image)
 The UN in its annual report praised Pakistan for its efforts to relocate displaced refugees, mainly from Afghanistan. (Photo: Representational Image)

Islamabad: The United Nations on Tuesday said that Pakistan ranked second amongst the countries to host the highest number of refugees.

The UN in its annual report praised Pakistan for its efforts to relocate displaced refugees, mainly from Afghanistan.

The report showed that there are 65.3 million refugees around the world who have displaced from their homes because of war, poverty, economic conditions and natural disasters.

Turkey ranked first, with 1,587,374 refugees, most of whom are from Syria. Pakistan comes second with a total refugee population of 1,505,525 followed by Lebanon which hosts 1,154,040 refugees mainly from Syria.

UNHCR’s annual report ranked these three countries as being the top hosts for refugees since 2011.

The estimated population of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is of the documented refugees only.

There is an estimated two million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

Tags: united nations, refugees
Location: Pakistan, Islamabad, Islamabad