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Where UNHCR-RSD happens

Updated with 2013 data

There are more than 60 UNHCR offices that report receiving RSD applications. Nearly all of these offices are in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. But while UNHCR RSD takes place in dozens of countries, most of UNHCR’s RSD cases are concentrated in a much smaller number of offices.

The ten largest UNHCR RSD offices accounted for 85 percent of all of the agency’s RSD applications in 2013. UNHCR’s office in Malaysia received more than 53,000 new applications. By contrast, UNHCR received less than 100 applications in 20 offices that conducted RSD.

The concentration of RSD activity in these offices often impacts efforts to improve UNHCR’s RSD procedures. UNHCR is able to impact a large percentage of the asylum-seekers impacted by its RSD procedures by changing policies in just a few offices. But at the same time, offices that rarely do RSD may be left behind by reforms made elsewhere.

UNHCR RSD Operations, by number of new (first instance) applications, 2013

State Applications
Malaysia 53,554
Turkey10 44,807
Kenya 19,238
Egypt 10,752
Indonesia 8,332
Jordan 6,667
Yemen 6,143
Cameroon 5,826
India 5,632
Libya 5,610
Pakistan 5,181
Morocco 2,933
Somalia 2,886
Lebanon 2,816
Thailand 2,556
Algeria 1,967
– Hong Kong SAR, China 1,676
Sri Lanka 1,518
Iraq 1,202
Syrian Arab Rep. 1,193
Mauritania 669
Kuwait 599
Sudan 447
Tunisia 346
Nepal 317
Azerbaijan 294
Syrian Arab Rep. 269
China 262
United Arab Emirates 259
Tajikistan 191
Lebanon 165
Cyprus 113
Thailand 105
Ukraine 102
Turkey 88
Kyrgyzstan 86
Oman 64
Islamic Rep. of Iran 56
– Hong Kong SAR, China 51
Trinidad and Tobago 44
Bahrain 43
Cameroon 42
Kazakhstan 39
South Sudan 36
Cuba 29
Afghanistan 29
Curacao 23
Saudi Arabia 22
Bangladesh 22
Algeria 20
Qatar 17
Haiti 12
Mongolia 7
Madagascar 6
Cayman Islands 3
British Virgin Islands 3
Barbados 2
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 1
Singapore 1
Saint Lucia 1
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1
Armenia 1
Suriname
Palau
Montserrat
Israel4
Eritrea
Aruba
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