Global asylum claims at highest number in 22 years as Syrians, Iraqis flee war

March 26, 2015 6:34 PM

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UNITED NATIONS – A new United Nations report says the world's number of asylum claims is at its highest in 22 years, with fleeing Syrians and Iraqis leading the way.

The report by the U.N. refugee agency released Thursday estimates that applications for asylum in industrialized countries reached 866,000 last year. That's up 45 percent from in 2013.

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