Zimbabwe world's largest source of asylum seekers

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June 19, 2010 06:05

 
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — The UN refugee agency says Zimbabweans top the list of people seeking asylum abroad.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in its latest report 158,200 Zimbabweans sought asylum last year, fleeing political and economic turmoil and uncertainties over a fragile coalition government.

By comparison, about 48,600 people from Myanmar, also known as Burma, applied for asylum.

The report, available in Zimbabwe's capital on Friday, says nine out of 10 Zimbabwean asylum seekers sought refuge in neighboring South Africa.

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