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Chart: Where every refugee in the U.S. comes from

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Chart: Where every refugee in the U.S. comes from

This is a look at all the refugees from around the world the United States has granted asylum. To better understand why, here is how the United Nations defines a refugee:

"The 1951 Refugee Convention spells out that a refugee is someone who 'owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.'"

The majority come from China, which we'd expect given the country's well-documented human rights abuses. But there are some surprises:

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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