Refugees from El Salvador

19,389 people from El Salvador have fled in 2016 and applied for asylum in other countries. This corresponds to approximately 0.306% of all residents. The most destination countries hereof have been the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica. The most successful have been the refugees in Guatemala and in Iceland.

In a second listing below you find the refugees, who came from foreign countries and made their appication in El Salvador.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of asylum applications from citizens from El Salvador 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 refugees from El Salvador

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



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United States 10,1401,7671899.0 % 23,4809242,63626.0 %
Mexico 3,4881,42366168.3 % 000
Costa Rica 1,4712681,05820.2 % 260305236.6 %
Belize 1,14500 000
Italy 1,058473259.5 % 000
Panama 70300 000
Spain 444080.0 % 000
Canada 2441525972.0 % 000
Nicaragua 19300 000
Sweden 17581784.3 % 14601080.0 %
United Kingdom 8992625.7 % 15070.0 %
Belgium 7600 000
Guatemala 66620100.0 % 000
Netherlands 19050.0 % 000
Australia 186650.0 % 000
Germany 1500 000
Chile 1400 000
Argentina 1050100.0 % 000
Honduras 900 000
Iceland 770100.0 % 000
France 5060.0 % 600
Norway 000 600
Totals 19,3893,7542,05764.6 % 23,9139542,80325.4 %

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in El Salvador

El Salvador is not only a country from which many people escape. There are also refugees from other countries, who apply for asylum here and hope for a better future. Only in the year 2016 there have been 5 asylum applications from refugees of other countries.

New Applications



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Afghanistan 500 000
Totals 500 000

National migrant stock from 1995 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 42,045 migrants lived in El Salvador. 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.