Asylum applications and refugees in Djibouti

2,169 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2018 in Djibouti - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Ethiopia. A total of 0 decisions have been made on initial applications.

In a second table below you find the refugees, who fled from Djibouti and made their asylum application in other countries.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Djibouti 2001 to 2018

The top line represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below there are the number of recognized refugees (green) and the rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Djibouti

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2018. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptations or rejections) does not have to sum up with the number of applications, because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also they dont 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



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Ethiopia 2,09600 000
Eritrea 4500 000
Somalia 2800 000
Totals 2,16900 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Djibouti

Djibouti is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2018 there have been 326 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Djibouti in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Canada and in the United States.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Canada 1252725084.5 % 500220.0 %
France 80236127.4 % 59271367.5 %
Belgium 35354543.8 % 2554510.0 %
Turkey 3400 000
Germany 14050.0 % 1000
United States 1312763.2 % 1150100.0 %
Egypt 700 0070.0 %
Brazil 600 000
Greece 600 000
Sweden 6050.0 % 210160.0 %
Totals 32634217366.4 % 1763710326.4 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 112,351 migrants lived in Djibouti. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The amount includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections of the United Nations Population Division.