newsFin24 reports that, in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.  This is according to a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  

The report showed that the number of asylum-seekers at the end of 2014 in SA was estimated to be 1,057,600.  Although there hasn’t been a comparable increase in 2015 – the number of new applications in 2015 was relatively low at 62,200 – there was a statistical adjustment in reporting the figures meaning that SA hosted more asylum-seekers than any other country at the end of 2015.  Asylum claims in SA are dominated by people from sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 84% of the total.  After Zimbabwe, the biggest number of asylum applications is from Ethiopia (9 300), Nigeria (6 600), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (6 400).

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