Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018, according to the UN’s refugee agency.
The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the United States coming in second with 22,900.
Some 92,400 refugees were resettled globally in 2018, fewer than 7% of those awaiting resettlement worldwide.
According to the US-based Pew Research Center, which looked the the UNHCR data, 2018 was the first time the US did not lead the world in refugee resettlement since 1980.
Pew noted that until 2017, the US resettled more refugees on an annual basis than the rest of the world’s countries combined.
“The sharp drop in US refugee resettlement is in part due to the Trump administration’s decision to set a considerably lower cap on the number of refugees allowed into the US than in previous years,” said the research organisation.
The number of refugees Canada resettled last year was in line with 2017 figures, while the US numbers dropped. In 2017, the US accepted some 33,000 refugees.
Australia, the UK, and France also resettled high numbers out of the 25 countries that resettled refugees in 2018, according to UN figures.
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years of operations.
More than two thirds of all refugees worldwide came from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.
The UN report identifies three main groups in that global count, which include refugees, or people forced to leave their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide.
The second group is designated as internally displaced persons (IDPs). These people are displaced within their country and amount to 41.3 million globally.