Refugees in Chile

5,628 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2017 in Chile - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Colombia, Cuba and from Venezuela. A total of 177 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 45\% answered positively. 55 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Ecuador 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 Chile 2000 to 2017

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 2017. 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 2,516755756.8 % 000
Cuba 1,6030330.0 % 000
Venezuela 1,34500 000
Dominican Republic 48070.0 % 000
Syria 2900 000
Turkey 2500 000
Afghanistan 1200 000
unknown 1200 000
Ecuador 850100.0 % 000
Haiti 800 000
Angola 600 000
Pakistan 600 000
Peru 500 000
Yemen 500 000
Totals 5,628809745.2 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Chile

Chile is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2017 there have been 198 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 7862023.1 % 140210.0 %
United States 4600 2200
Sweden 280210.0 % 110170.0 %
Spain 17080.0 % 000
Australia 1100 000
Brazil 700 000
Ecuador 600 000
Italy 500 000
Totals 19864910.9 % 470380.0 %

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.