(Picture: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images
(Picture: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

In 2015, some 1,015,078 people had crossed the Mediterranean Sea, according to figures from the UN's refugee agency.

In 2016, UNHCR figures show that there have been 36,528 arrivals by sea so far, 30 per cent of which are children and 19 per cent are women.

The agency has a handy interactive map which shows data for persons of concern in countries around the world, from 1951 till the end of 2014.

Click anywhere on the map to start


Using the map, which is also available on the UNHCR website, you can compare the populations of concern for Syria...

...the UK...

...Pakistan...

..or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

At the end of 2014, the population of refugees, pending asylum cases and stateless persons made up just 0.24% of the population of the UK.

That number consisted of 117,161 refugees, 36,383 pending asylum cases and 16 stateless persons.

The UK received 31,300 new applications for asylum by the end of 2014, compared to 173,100 in Germany, 121,200 in the US, and 87,800 in Turkey.

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