Asylum applications and refugees in Zimbabwe

1,528 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2019 in Zimbabwe - according to UNHCR. All these refugees had come from the Congo. A total of 514 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 77% answered positively. 23 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from the Congo.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe

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)1,52839611877.0 %
Totals1,52839611877.0 %


Congo (Dem. Republic)000

Asylum applications of refugees from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2019 there have been 1,399 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Zimbabwe in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Finland and in Italy.

New Applications

Ireland4437124722.3 %
United Kingdom252237922.5 %
Canada227723070.6 %
United States159816455.9 %
Germany1295469.8 %
China640210.0 %
Netherlands20050.0 %
France10050.0 %
Sweden5050.0 %
South Korea5050.0 %
Finland550100.0 %
Italy550100.0 %
New Zealand50100.0 %
Switzerland5050.0 %
Egypt5102132.3 %
Totals1,39927254333.4 %


Ireland205659041.9 %
United Kingdom64274040.3 %
Canada190150.0 %
United States7810566.7 %
Germany5225927.2 %
China160100.0 %
Australia1951033.3 %
Netherlands5050.0 %
France5050.0 %
Sweden110100.0 %
South Korea000
New Zealand000
Egypt155550.0 %
Totals44213425434.5 %

National migrant stock from 1980 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.