Asylum applications and refugees from Jamaica

644 people from Jamaica fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.023% of all residents. The most common destination countries have been the United States, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago. The most successful have been the refugees in Spain and France.

A total of 265 people fled to the United States from Jamaica. With 27 positive decisions, 42.19 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 37 applications were rejected, and no decisions were made on those remaining in 2021.

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Asylum applications of refugees from Jamaica

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2021. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptances or rejections) does not have to add up with the number of applications because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also, they don't 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 States265273742.2 %
Canada206767151.7 %
Trinidad and Tobago465550.0 %
United Kingdom3253014.3 %
Costa Rica290100.0 %
France16141058.3 %
Spain1650100.0 %
Totals64413216344.7 %


United States133104717.5 %
Canada60244634.3 %
Trinidad and Tobago000
United Kingdom160130.0 %
Costa Rica000
France6050.0 %
Germany100110.0 %
Totals2303412221.8 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 23,629 migrants lived in Jamaica, representing about 0 percent of the total population. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The numbers includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections from the United Nations Population Division.
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