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Life in a foreign land: Clickable guide: Comparing asylum
Intro | 1. Pakistan | 2. Iran
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The government does not offer financial help
1. Pakistan
Pakistan hosts about 2m refugees - the largest refugee population in the world. The numbers increased dramatically in the last year as people have fled civil war and severe drought in neighbouring Afghanistan. Most refugees live in camps, which they build into mud-brick villages that blend in with the local landscape. But conditions are desperate and the UN refugee agency has been appealing for more foreign aid. Many refugees do find work, but hostility towards them is increasing. Pakistan says it cannot cope - it has closed its border to new refugees and has been deporting Afghans.
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