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People > Migration > Refugee population by country or territory of origin: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organisation of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, people recognized as refugees in accordance with the UNHCR statute, people granted refugee-like humanitarian status, and people provided temporary protection. Asylum seekers--people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers--are excluded. Palestinian refugees are people (and their descendants) whose residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. Country of origin generally refers to the nationality or country of citizenship of a claimant.".

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 IraqIraq 1.79 million 2009
2 SomaliaSomalia 678,309 2009
3 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 455,852 2009
4 BurmaBurma 406,669 2009
5 ColombiaColombia 389,753 2009
6 SudanSudan 368,195 2009
7 VietnamVietnam 339,289 2009
Failed states averageFailed states average 279,586.46 2009
8 EritreaEritrea 209,168 2009
9 ChinaChina 200,638 2009
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 196,050.3 2009
10 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 195,626 2009
11 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 159,554 2009
12 TurkeyTurkey 146,387 2009
13 Sri LankaSri Lanka 145,721 2009
14 AngolaAngola 141,021 2009
15 RwandaRwanda 129,109 2009
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 122,663.6 2009
Religious countries averageReligious countries average 117,454.55 2009
16 RussiaRussia 109,455 2009
17 BurundiBurundi 94,239 2009
18 BhutanBhutan 89,070 2009
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 78,639.29 2009
19 CroatiaCroatia 76,478 2009
20 LiberiaLiberia 71,599 2009
21 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 70,018 2009
22 EthiopiaEthiopia 62,889 2009
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 58,729.92 2009
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average 56,302.57 2009
23 ChadChad 55,014 2009
Hot countries averageHot countries average 54,621.94 2008
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 39,203.36 2009
24 MauritaniaMauritania 39,143 2009
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 38,660.9 2009
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 38,537 2009
25 PakistanPakistan 35,132 2009
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 31,171.64 2009
South and Central Asia averageSouth and Central Asia average 26,610.25 2009
Christian countries averageChristian countries average 25,701.49 2007
26 UkraineUkraine 24,522 2009
Catholic countries averageCatholic countries average 24,519.54 2009
27 HaitiHaiti 24,116 2009
28 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 23,153 2009
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 22,890.53 2009
29 ZimbabweZimbabwe 22,449 2009
Eastern Europe averageEastern Europe average 21,748.94 2009
30 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the 20,544 2009
31 IndiaIndia 19,514 2009
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 19,381.67 2009
32 TogoTogo 18,378 2009
33 IndonesiaIndonesia 18,213 2009
34 ArmeniaArmenia 18,000 2009
35 SyriaSyria 17,914 2009
36 CambodiaCambodia 17,025 2009
37 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 16,939 2009
38 SenegalSenegal 16,305 2009
39 LebanonLebanon 16,260 2009
40 AlbaniaAlbania 15,711 2009
41 NigeriaNigeria 15,609 2009
42 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 15,417 2009
Cold countries averageCold countries average 15,161.22 2009
43 GeorgiaGeorgia 15,020 2009
44 GhanaGhana 14,893 2009
45 CameroonCameroon 14,766 2009
46 European UnionEuropean Union 14,453 2009
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average 14,444.84 2009
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 14,083.73 2009
Europe averageEurope average 12,057.37 2009
47 GuineaGuinea 10,920 2009
48 BangladeshBangladesh 10,432 2009
NATO countries averageNATO average 9,733.54 2009
49 KenyaKenya 9,620 2009
50 LaosLaos 8,398 2009
51 AlgeriaAlgeria 8,185 2009
52 UgandaUganda 7,554 2009
53 CubaCuba 7,549 2009
54 UzbekistanUzbekistan 6,669 2009
55 MexicoMexico 6,435 2009
56 PeruPeru 6,271 2009
57 VenezuelaVenezuela 6,221 2009
58 MoldovaMoldova 5,925 2009
59 GuatemalaGuatemala 5,768 2009
60 BelarusBelarus 5,525 2009
61 NepalNepal 5,108 2009
62 El SalvadorEl Salvador 5,051 2009
63 RomaniaRomania 4,358 2009
64 KazakhstanKazakhstan 3,744 2009
European Union averageEuropean Union average 3,367.81 2009
65 MaliMali 2,926 2009
66 BulgariaBulgaria 2,745 2009
67 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 2,612 2009
68 United StatesUnited States 2,368 2009
69 MoroccoMorocco 2,286 2009
70 TunisiaTunisia 2,260 2009
71 LibyaLibya 2,202 2009
72 JordanJordan 2,129 2009
73 PolandPoland 2,059 2009
74 The GambiaThe Gambia 1,973 2009
75 FijiFiji 1,892 2009
76 HungaryHungary 1,537 2009
77 MongoliaMongolia 1,495 2009
78 NicaraguaNicaragua 1,478 2009
79 ChileChile 1,312 2009
80 IsraelIsrael 1,310 2009
81 TanzaniaTanzania 1,204 2009
82 HondurasHonduras 1,166 2009
83 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 1,109 2009
84 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 1,067 2009
85 EcuadorEcuador 1,027 2009
86 PhilippinesPhilippines 993 2009
87 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 990 2009
88 BrazilBrazil 973 2009
89 KuwaitKuwait 938 2009
90 NamibiaNamibia 921 2009
91 JamaicaJamaica 909 2009
92 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 849 2009
93 NigerNiger 822 2009
94 LatviaLatvia 791 2009
95 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 743 2009
96 GuyanaGuyana 727 2009
97 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 633 2009
98 DjiboutiDjibouti 622 2009
99 ArgentinaArgentina 608 2009
100 TajikistanTajikistan 562 2009
101 MalaysiaMalaysia 532 2009
102 ThailandThailand 502 2009
103 LithuaniaLithuania 501 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 439.29 2009
104 United Arab EmiratesUAE 414 2009
105 BeninBenin 411 2009
106 South AfricaSouth Africa 384 2009
107 Costa RicaCosta Rica 344 2009
108 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 344 2009
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 338.07 2009
109 SlovakiaSlovakia 334 2009
110 GrenadaGrenada 333 2009
111 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 314 2009
112 MadagascarMadagascar 274 2009
113 ComorosComoros 268 2009
114 EstoniaEstonia 248 2009
115 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 240 2009
116 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 230 2009
117 ZambiaZambia 206 2009
118 UruguayUruguay 188 2009
119 GermanyGermany 170 2009
120 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 156 2009
121 JapanJapan 150 2009
122 GabonGabon 144 2009
123 MozambiqueMozambique 136 2009
124 MalawiMalawi 130 2009
Eurozone averageEurozone average 117.71 2009
125 PanamaPanama 105 2009
126 CanadaCanada 99 2009
127 FranceFrance 87 2009
128 SingaporeSingapore 80 2009
129 BahrainBahrain 79 2009
130 ParaguayParaguay 77 2009
131 BelgiumBelgium 71 2009
132 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 70 2009
133 QatarQatar 68 2009
134 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 66 2009
135 OmanOman 64 2009
136 GreeceGreece 62 2009
137 DominicaDominica 53 2009
138 SeychellesSeychelles 49 2009
139 ItalyItaly 45 2009
140 SurinameSuriname 45 2009
141 NetherlandsNetherlands 44 2009
142 SloveniaSlovenia 39 2009
143 SpainSpain 34 2009
144 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 33 2009
145 KiribatiKiribati 33 2009
146 SwazilandSwaziland 32 2009
147 PortugalPortugal 31 2009
148 BotswanaBotswana 30 2009
149 BarbadosBarbados 29 2009
150 AustraliaAustralia 28 2009
151 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 28 2009
152 Cape VerdeCape Verde 24 2009
153 MauritiusMauritius 23 2009
154 SwedenSweden 19 2009
155 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 18 2009
156 BelizeBelize 17 2009
157 MaldivesMaldives 16 2009
158 The BahamasThe Bahamas 15 2009
159 AustriaAustria 12 2009
160 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 12 1996
161 CyprusCyprus 11 2009
162 DenmarkDenmark 10 2009
163 New ZealandNew Zealand 10 2009
164 LesothoLesotho 10 2009
165 MaltaMalta 9 2009
166 East TimorEast Timor 7 2009
167 IrelandIreland 7 2009
168 FinlandFinland 6 2009
169 AndorraAndorra 6 2009
170 TongaTonga 5 2009
171 NorwayNorway 4 2009
172 SamoaSamoa 4 2008
173 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 4 2009
174 IcelandIceland 4 2009
175 LuxembourgLuxembourg 2 2007
176 BermudaBermuda 2 2005
177 MonacoMonaco 1 2009
178 PalauPalau 1 2008
179 San MarinoSan Marino 1 2009
180 BruneiBrunei 1 2009
181 French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia 1 2006

Citation

"All countries compared for People > Migration > Refugee population by country or territory of origin", United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Statistical Yearbook and data files, complemented by statistics on Palestinian refugees under the mandate of the UNRWA as published on its website. Data from UNHCR are available online at: www.unhcr.org/statistics/populationdatabase. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Migration/Refugee-population-by-country-or-territory-of-origin

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