Asylum applications and refugees in Namibia

1,130 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2019 in Namibia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from the Congo. A total of 767 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 the Congo and from Burundi.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Namibia 2000 to 2019

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 Namibia

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2019. 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

Congo (Dem. Republic)1,0547250100.0 %
Burundi55230100.0 %
Cameroon16140100.0 %
Central Africa550100.0 %
Totals1,1307670100.0 %


Congo (Dem. Republic)000
Central Africa000

Asylum applications of refugees from Namibia

Namibia is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2019 there have been 549 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Namibia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in the United Kingdom.

New Applications

United Kingdom534141857.0 %
Germany150110.0 %
Totals549141966.7 %


United Kingdom127356435.4 %
Totals127356435.4 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 93,888 migrants lived in Namibia. 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.