There’s a lot of misinformation about refugees, asylum seekers, and forced migration. Here we offer you some of the basic facts and figures you need to counter it – and links to sources of further information.

Some basic facts and figures

What’s the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker? How many refugees are there worldwide? How many in the UK? Our Some basic facts and figures – updated July 2023 page sets out some introductory facts and figures.

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CCOW’s Churches Refugee Networking Officer puts out a newsletter with information on what’s happening locally and more widely. Read the latest one.

Did you know…..

The majority of refugees do not go further than their neighbouring country. 70% of the world’s refugees live in countries neighbouring their countries of origin and 73% are hosted in developing countries. The 5 countries which are hosting the most refugees are: Türkiye (3.6 million), Iran (3.4 million), Colombia (2.5 million), Germany (2.1 million) and Pakistan (1.7 million).