Yearbook of the United Nations 2013

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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 2013, the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution stood at 51.2 million, including 16.7 million refugees. More than half of all refugees came from Afghanistan, the Syrian Arab Republic and Somalia. The number of persons displaced within their own country as a result of conflict was an estimated 33.3 million—the highest number ever recorded—of whom 23.9 million benefited from unhcr protection and assistance. The number of identifiable stateless persons stood at 3.5 million. Some 1.1 million individual applications for asylum or refugee status were submitted to Governments or unhcr offices during the year. An estimated 414,600 refugees were able to return home voluntarily, the lowest level in a decade.


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