Sunday, April 04, 2004

Refugees

15,000 Hmong refugees may be resettled in the United States this year (these refugee numbers from a single mass move are not unprecedented in the recent past), which is greater than the number of individuals granted refugee status in France in 1998, 1999 and 2000 combined. France ranked last among the top ten EU countries receiving asylum seekers per head of population in 2000. France also ranks 19th on a list of the top 20 countries donating to international refugee aid agencies measured by contributions per capita.

However the UNHCR reports that at the end of 2002, France's total refugee population was estimated at 100,000, while the United States' refugee population was only around 480,000. Given the fact that the US population is a little under five times that of France, this suggests that the US has a comparable percentage of refugees with respect to its total population to that of France.

For more info on France's refugee policy, go here.

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