Asylum applications and refugees in Namibia

829 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2021 in Namibia — according to UNHCR. Most of them came from the Congo. A total of 224 decisions have been made on initial applications. Around 100% of them were answered positively. 0 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. The most successful have been the applications of refugees from the Congo and from Burundi.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Namibia

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

Congo (Dem. Republic)8051990100.0 %
Angola550100.0 %
Rwanda550100.0 %
Burundi0150100.0 %
Totals8292240100.0 %


Congo (Dem. Republic)000

Asylum applications of refugees from Namibia

Namibia is one of the countries where refugees are not only coming in. In the year 2021, there have been 191 asylum applications received from citizens from Namibia in other countries. The most successful have been the applications in the United Kingdom.

New Applications

United Kingdom169268623.2 %
Germany220100.0 %
Totals191269621.3 %


United Kingdom60285334.6 %
Canada5050.0 %
Sweden5050.0 %
Totals80286330.8 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 109,391 migrants lived in Namibia, representing about 0 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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