Asylum applications and refugees from Zimbabwe

1,069 People from Zimbabwe fled and applied for asylum in other countries in 2020, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.007% of all residents. The most destination countries hereof have been Botswana, South Africa and the United States. Overall, 66 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in Thailand and in Italy.

A total of 173 people fled to the United States from Zimbabwe. With 27 positive decisions, 43.55 percent of all new applications have been accepted.

In a second listing below you find the refugees, who came from foreign countries and made their appication in Zimbabwe.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of asylum applications from citizens from Zimbabwe 2000 to 2020

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 refugees from Zimbabwe

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2020. 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

South Africa21451992.5 %
United States173273543.5 %
United Kingdom121166719.3 %
Ireland826616728.3 %
Canada761372385.6 %
Germany41101540.0 %
Australia36356136.5 %
China330380.0 %
Netherlands12050.0 %
South Korea5050.0 %
Sweden5050.0 %
Italy050100.0 %
Portugal050100.0 %
Switzerland0050.0 %
Egypt014573.7 %
Thailand0100100.0 %
Totals1,06933063034.4 %


South Africa272,05012094.5 %
United States5550100.0 %
United Kingdom48131940.6 %
Ireland163535449.5 %
Canada300150.0 %
Germany14283147.5 %
Australia5610566.7 %
China170180.0 %
Netherlands550100.0 %
South Korea000
Totals4252,16426289.2 %

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is not only a country from which many people escape. There are also refugees from other countries, who apply for asylum here and hope for a better future. Only in the year 2020 there have been 757 asylum applications from refugees of other countries. The most successful have been the refugees from Burundi and from the Congo.

New Applications

Congo (Dem. Republic)7011989368.0 %
Burundi3450100.0 %
Totals7572039368.6 %


Congo (Dem. Republic)000

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 398,866 migrants lived in Zimbabwe. 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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