Iran stands at 4th place which accepted most population of refugees in the world
Turkey shot to the top of the list of nations with the highest population. The country currently harbors 1.6 million refugees from the neighboring countries of Iraq and Syria as well as immigrants fleeing to the European continent. This is approximately 11 percent of the entire refugee population in the world.
In close second is Pakistan which is home to 1.5 million. The country was recently ousted from the top position, which it has held for 22 of the last 36 years, by Turkey. Most of the displaced persons within Pakistan are from Afghanistan, which has been mired in strife for the last three decades.
The small Middle Eastern country of Lebanon has seen an overwhelming increase from 8000 refugees in 2011 to 1.15 million refugees in 2014, making it the nation with the third highest population of displaced persons. This upsurge is a result of the Syrian civil war. Lebanon also has the highest refugee-to-native-population ratio in the world, with 232 refugees per 1000 Lebanese.
The republic of Iran is fourth, taking in 6.8 percent of the world’s refugee population. This translates to approximately 980,000 displaced persons, most of whom are from the neighboring countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.
With a total population of 660,000 refugees, Ethiopia is the African country with the highest number of displaced persons. In 2014 alone, 236,000 refugees flocked in from the neighboring countries of Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. These high numbers have made Ethiopia fifth among the top 10 countries that accept the most refugees.
Jordan has taken up its fair share of the world’s refugee population, sheltering approximately 650,000 within its borders. These immigrants are from Iraq and Syria. Jordan also has the second highest refugee-to-native-population ration with 87.2 refugees per 1000 Jordanians.
In seventh position is the Republic of Kenya, which hosts more than 550,000 people fleeing from neighboring Somalia and South Sudan.
Religious skirmishes between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic has led to a steady increase in the volume of people taking refuge in Chad, making it eighth in the list of top 10 countries in the world that accept the most refugees. It has approximately 460,000.
In ninth and 10th position are Uganda and China respectively. In Uganda 386,000 people are taking refuge mostly from neighboring South Sudan and The Democratic Republic of Congo while China has a migrant population of 300,000 from Vietnam.