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Russia Second Most Fled Country in the World

09-08-2014
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Nearly 40,000 people left Russia last year in search of asylum, making it the second most fled country around the world, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

Friday's U.N. report cited growing unrest in the Russian region of Chechnya as the reason for the exodus.

Syria tops the U.N. list, with in excess of 56,000 Syrians seeking asylum in 2013, more than doubling the previous year's number.

The United Nations credited increasing violence in the Syrian civil war with the spike.

They also warned if the situation there remains the same, the number of those seeking asylum will rise again this year.

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