The countries that contribute the most to the UN's refugee agency

Louis Dor
Wednesday 19 August 2015 17:10

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established in 1950 by the UN General Assembly to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems.

Since then, it has helped tens of millions of people to restart their lives.

Since it is World Humanitarian Day, we have compiled the amount of financial backing it receives from national governments to produce an average over the last seven years.

Since 2009 the country that has provided the most to the UNHCR is, by a distance, the US.

The UK comes fourth out of all countries on average, spending the most in 2014, $203,507,919 (or approximately £130,000,000).


In 2014 the UNHCR reported that there were 13,685,607 refugees in the world, of which they had assisted 10,794,497.

The total population of concern was estimated to be 54,945,467.

World Humanitarian Day was founded in memory of 22 aid workers who were killed in 2003, during a bombing of the UN Headquarters, in Baghdad.

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