Asylum applications and refugees from Benin

418 people from Benin fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.003% of all residents. The most common destination countries have been France, Germany and Algeria. Overall, 79 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in Togo and Mexico.

A total of 33 people fled to the United States from Benin. With 5 positive decisions, 33.33 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 10 applications were rejected, and no decisions were made on those remaining in 2021.

In a second table below you can additionally find the refugees who came from abroad and applied for asylum in Benin.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from Benin

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2021. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptances or rejections) does not have to add up with the number of applications because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also, they don't have to be closed within the same calendar year. In addition, asylum procedures can also be closed, if the applicant disappeared or withdrew the application.

New Applications

France971410112.2 %
Germany675479.6 %
Algeria46050.0 %
Italy440200.0 %
Togo40210100.0 %
United States3351033.3 %
Belgium250250.0 %
Canada1617577.3 %
Brazil15050.0 %
Mexico1150100.0 %
United Kingdom800
Spain60140.0 %
Austria50120.0 %
Greece5050.0 %
Switzerland0050.0 %
Totals4186725420.9 %


France5953711.9 %
Germany820320.0 %
United States2300
Canada120100.0 %
United Kingdom000
Totals1765796.0 %

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Benin

Benin is not only a country from which many people escape. There are also refugees from other countries, who apply for asylum here and hope for a better future. In the year 2021, there have been 245 asylum applications from refugees of other countries. The most successful have been the refugees from Burkina Faso and from Cameroon.

New Applications

Burkina Faso1801790100.0 %
Cameroon36250100.0 %
Syria950100.0 %
Congo (Dem. Republic)800
Central Africa7220100.0 %
Yemen550100.0 %
Mali050100.0 %
Totals2452410100.0 %


Burkina Faso000
Congo (Dem. Republic)000
Central Africa000

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 394,276 migrants lived in Benin, representing about 1 percent of the total population. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The numbers includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections from the United Nations Population Division.
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