Refugees in Chile

2,277 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2016 in Chile - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Colombia, Venezuela and from the Dominican Republic. A total of 54 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 50% answered positively. 50 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Syria and from Colombia.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications [in Country] 2000 to 2016

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 Chile

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
Colombia 1,804221166.7 % 000
Venezuela 24500 000
Dominican Republic 640160.0 % 000
Cuba 5600 000
Haiti 2300 000
Ecuador 2000 000
El Salvador 1400 000
Peru 1300 000
Syria 1250100.0 % 000
Turkey 900 000
unknown 700 000
Mexico 500 000
Russia 500 000
Totals 2,277272750.0 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Chile

Chile is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2016 there have been 123 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Chile in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Canada and in Sweden.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Canada 500310.0 % 000
United States 3100 700
Sweden 240200.0 % 21050.0 %
Spain 800 000
Belgium 500 000
Brazil 500 000
Syria 0050.0 % 000
Totals 1230560.0 % 28050.0 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 469,436 migrants lived in Chile. 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.