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Syria Overtakes Afghanistan as Largest Source of Global Refugees

Syria topped Afghanistan as the country with the largest refugee population under United Nations care, as the country’s civil war raged for a fourth year.

By June 2014 more than 3 million Syrians, over 10 percent of the population, had fled their country. That accounted for 23 percent of all refugees registered with the UN Refugee Agency, the organization said in a new report released today.