Asylum applications and refugees in Namibia

803 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2018 in Namibia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from the Congo. A total of 359 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 Sudan.

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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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Namibia

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
Congo (Dem. Republic) 7463540100.0 % 000
Burundi 3300 000
Central Africa 1700 000
Cameroon 700 000
Sudan 050100.0 % 000
Totals 8033590100.0 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Namibia

Namibia is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2018 there have been 342 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Namibia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Canada and in the United Kingdom.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United Kingdom 31681007.4 % 6573217.9 %
Germany 16070.0 % 700
Belgium 500 000
Botswana 500 000
Canada 018966.7 % 000
Totals 3422611618.3 % 7273217.9 %

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.