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Refugees and displaced persons

In 2008, there were 34.4 million people of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (unhcr), including 10.5 million refugees. The number of identified stateless persons stood at 6.6 million and the number of stateless persons worldwide was estimated at 12 million. The number of people displaced remained high, at an estimated 26 million, with 14.4 million benefiting from unhcr protection assistance. The latter figure constituted an increase of more than 600,000 compared to the previous year. More than 1.3 million internally displaced persons (idps) were able to go back to their places of origin, and more than 600,000 refugees were able to return to their homes.

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