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UNHCR and World Refugee Day
There are 42 million refugees world wide, reported the UNHCR in June 2009. Sixteen million are outside their country of origin, and another 26 million are internally displaced people. This affects warring or politically repressed nations, but also their neighbors, and countries worldwide where refugees have sought asylum. Sudan, Burma (Myanmar), Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan all have significant refugee crises.