People > Refugee population by country or territory of asylum: Group totals

DEFINITION: Refugee population by country or territory of asylum. Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization 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 asylum is the country where an asylum claim was filed and granted.


Muslim countries 8.15 million 2011
Former British colonies 6.53 million 2011
Middle Eastern and North Africa 5.5 million 2011
Heavily indebted countries 4.88 million 2011
Christian countries 4.12 million 2011
Religious countries 2.91 million 2011
failed states 2.8 million 2011
Sub-Saharan Africa 2.72 million 2011
Emerging markets 2.69 million 2011
Former French colonies 2.57 million 2011
South and Central Asia 2.2 million 2011
South Asia 2.12 million 2011
High income OECD countries 1.92 million 2011
Cold countries 1.91 million 2011
Europe 1.56 million 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) 1.47 million 2011
NATO countries 1.41 million 2011
Landlocked countries 1.36 million 2011
European Union 1.35 million 2011
OPEC countries 1.25 million 2011
Sparsely populated countries 1.25 million 2011
Eurozone 1.02 million 2011
Non-religious countries 930,263 2011
Catholic countries 790,636 2011
Latin America and Caribbean 377,782 2011
Former Spanish colonies 373,258 2011
Eastern Europe 135,144 2011
Potential Future EU Members 106,249 2011
Former Soviet republics 24,214 2011

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