Asylum applications and refugees from Zimbabwe

612 people from Zimbabwe fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.004% of all residents. The most common destination countries have been Botswana, Ireland and the United States. Overall, 71 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in Eswatini and Canada.

A total of 99 people fled to the United States from Zimbabwe. With 38 positive decisions, 54.29 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 32 applications were rejected, and no decisions were made on those remaining in 2021.

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Asylum applications of refugees from Zimbabwe

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

Botswana17903860.0 %
Ireland1453917418.3 %
United States99383254.3 %
United Kingdom59253343.1 %
Canada421643283.7 %
Germany33172540.5 %
China280240.0 %
France65550.0 %
Netherlands6121544.4 %
Eswatini5100100.0 %
Sweden5050.0 %
Switzerland5050.0 %
Cyprus00100.0 %
South Korea0050.0 %
Totals61231075129.2 %


Ireland99887354.7 %
United States28050.0 %
United Kingdom33192048.7 %
Canada33212842.9 %
Germany4052815.2 %
China190100.0 %
France6050.0 %
Netherlands0050.0 %
Sweden80110.0 %
Egypt5050.0 %
Australia511568.8 %
South Korea000
Totals28214419542.5 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 416,141 migrants lived in Zimbabwe, representing about 1 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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