Asylum applications and refugees in Djibouti

1,564 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2021 in Djibouti - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Ethiopia. A total of 489 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 100% answered positively. 0 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Ethiopia and from Eritrea.

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 2021

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 2021. 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

Ethiopia1,4743900100.0 %
Eritrea59810100.0 %
Somalia25130100.0 %
Syria650100.0 %
Totals1,5644890100.0 %



Asylum applications of refugees from Djibouti

Djibouti is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2021 there have been 130 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Djibouti in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Egypt and in Greece.

New Applications

France75478435.9 %
Belgium15101540.0 %
Germany120130.0 %
Greece1250100.0 %
Egypt6110100.0 %
Canada5521083.9 %
Sweden0050.0 %
United States0181751.4 %
Totals13014314449.8 %


France82151550.0 %
Canada11131056.5 %
Sweden260240.0 %
United States13100100.0 %
Totals152384943.7 %

National migrant stock from 1960 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.
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