Asylum applications and refugees from Jamaica

425 People from Jamaica fled and applied for asylum in other countries in 2020, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.014% of all residents. The most destination countries hereof have been the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The most successful have been the refugees in Spain and in Trinidad and Tobago.

A total of 144 people fled to the United States from Jamaica. With 25 positive decisions, 45.45 percent of all new applications have been accepted.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from Jamaica

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2020. 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

United States144253045.5 %
Canada136928153.2 %
United Kingdom6252218.5 %
Trinidad and Tobago55250100.0 %
Germany1050100.0 %
Spain7260100.0 %
Netherlands65550.0 %
Switzerland550100.0 %
Sweden0050.0 %
Italy0050.0 %
Totals42518814856.0 %


United States1680820.0 %
Canada460640.0 %
United Kingdom1351033.3 %
Trinidad and Tobago000
Germany00100.0 %
Sweden8050.0 %
Totals23551712.8 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 23,167 migrants lived in Jamaica. 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.
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