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Migration in figures

The number of people who fled their own countries to seek sanctuary elsewhere fell by nearly a million over the course of 2005, according to the UN.

The number of refugees now stands at over eight million, with most people being hosted by Pakistan, Iran and Germany

Afghanistan accounts for nearly a quarter of all refugees, but the figure is now dropping.

Refugees are among the most vulnerable of migrants, as are those termed "internally displaced people" or IDPs. The number of IDPs grew during 2005, partly because of violence in places like Iraq and Sudan.

Graphic on migration

Does not include 4.3 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon
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