Yearbook of the United Nations 2010

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the most authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, putting all of these in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, decision and action.



Refugees and displaced persons

In 2010, the number of people of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) decreased to 33.9 million, from 36.5 million in 2009, including 10.6 million refugees, of which 7.2 million were living in a protracted situation. The number of stateless persons stood at 3.5 million, compared with 6.6 million in 2009. The reduction was a result of methodological changes for counting stateless persons, with the actual number of stateless persons estimated to be closer to 12 million. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPS) reached an estimated 27.5 million, with some 14.7 million receiving UNHCR protection and assistance. The estimated number of returned refugees was 197,600, the lowest in 20 years. In contrast, the number of returned IDPS was 2.9 million, the highest in almost 15 years.


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