UNCHR: More than 4.4 million Iraqis have been displaced

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, reports that violence in Iraq has displaced more than 4.4 million people.

The agency estimates that 60,000 people are forced to leave their homes every month.

Of these, some 2.2 million Iraqis are displaced internally, while more than 2.2 million have fled to neighbouring states, particularly Syria and Jordan. Many were displaced prior to 2003, but an increasing number are fleeing now. In 2006, Iraqis had become the leading nationality seeking asylum in Europe.