The number of refugees is on the rise globally. There are worries in Western countries about the future cost of hosting and resettling these people. We wonder: What proportion of its GDP does the United States spend on refugees annually?
The number of people fleeing their homes due to violence or persecution has surged to levels not seen in a long time. Whether they managed to stay elsewhere in their home countries or had to leave their country, these people seek protection from human threats. How many displaced persons are there today worldwide?
2014 was a particularly big year for global refugees. Outright civil war in countries such as Syria and Libya has spurred hundreds of thousands of civilians to make risky journeys to safer countries. We wonder: Which industrialized country received the most asylum seekers in 2014?