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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
Number of Palestinian refugees: 3.7m
1.6m in Jordan
824,622 in Gaza
583,009 in West Bank
383,199 in Syria
376,472 in Lebanon
Source: UNRWA 2000

The Palestinians are the world's largest refugee population. Many of those living in the squalid camps of Jordan, Gaza, and the West Bank are now second or third generation refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes in 1948 when Israel was created and again in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. They have spread all over the world, but are concentrated in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the West Bank. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is responsible for providing assistance to these people.
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