UN: Syrians, Russians, Afghans lead asylum list

March 20, 2014 11:14 PM

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Russia, meanwhile, become the second-biggest source of asylum seekers with 39,779, up from 22,650 in 2012.

Volker Turk, the agency’s director of international protection, attributed Russia’s surge to rising unrest in the Russian region of Chechnya. He forecast that Syria’s refugee problem would worsen this year.

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