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Ten-year record in the number of asylum claims lodged

20 Mar

Ten-year record in the number of asylum claims lodged

Nearly half a million people sought asylum in the developed world last year, a 10-year high, with the sharpest rise in requests from Syrians fleeing war and persecution, the United Nations said on Thursday.

In all, 479,300 asylum applications were lodged in 44 industrialised countries, a rise of 8 percent on the previous year, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its annual report, entitled Asylum Trends 2012.

“This is the highest annual total since 2003, continuing a trend of increases in every year but one since 2006,” it said.

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