Asylum applications and refugees in Bolivia

896 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2019 in Bolivia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Venezuela. A total of 495 decisions have been made on initial applications. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Venezuela and from Argentina.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Bolivia

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



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Venezuela 87004800.0 % 000
Colombia 16050.0 % 000
Argentina 5050.0 % 000
Cuba 5050.0 % 000
Totals 89604950.0 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2019 there have been 305 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Bolivia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Ireland and in Italy.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Spain 1120330.0 % 000
United States 4753412.8 % 7410566.7 %
United Kingdom 3752516.7 % 5050.0 %
France 260120.0 % 10050.0 %
Sweden 260250.0 % 450540.0 %
Ireland 195550.0 % 000
Italy 1851821.7 % 000
Canada 10050.0 % 500
Mexico 10050.0 % 000
Totals 3052016211.0 % 139106912.7 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 142,989 migrants lived in Bolivia. 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.