Refugees on the Cayman Islands

177 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2016 on the Cayman Islands - according to UNHCR. All these refugees had come from Cuba. A total of 156 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 6% answered positively. 94 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Cuba.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of foreign refugees on the Cayman Islands

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2016. 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
Cuba 177101466.4 % 000
Totals 177101466.4 % 000

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 23,726 migrants lived on the Cayman Islands. 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.