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The Journey: Clickable guide: Refugee journeys
Intro | 1. Palestine/Israel | 2. Afghanistan | 3. Bosnia
4. Iraq | 5. Somalia | 6. Sierra Leone | 7. China | 8. Sri Lanka
Refugees from Afghanistan: 2.6m
1.3m in Iran
1.2m in Pakistan
20,300 in Netherlands
16,600 in Germany
14,500 in India
3,500 in UK
Source: UNHCR 2000

The exodus of refugees from Afghanistan started in 1979, with the Soviet invasion. Since then, civil war and the rule of the Taleban have seen a continued outpouring of refugees, making the Afghans the second biggest refugee group after the Palestinians. Most of the 2.6m Afghan refugees are in exile in Iran and Pakistan, despite the fact that both of these countries have economic problems of their own, and are encouraging the refugees to return home.
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