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The listing of top countries of origin, for both mandate RSD by UNHCR and Government asylum procedures, excludes countries where RSD is conducted jointly by UNHCR and the Government. It is sorted by total number of new applications submitted. Data generally refer to first instance level in the asylum procedure, and are a combination of persons and cases. The listing reflects the status as of 4 July 2014.

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