Refugees in Panama

5,557 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2017 in Panama - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Venezuela, Colombia and from El Salvador. A total of 109 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 74\% answered positively. 26 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from El Salvador and from Colombia.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Panama 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 Panama

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
Venezuela 4,43000 000
Colombia 442522865.0 % 000
El Salvador 356290100.0 % 000
Nicaragua 26300 000
Cuba 3200 000
Honduras 1600 000
Syria 1100 000
Angola 700 000
Totals 5,557812874.3 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Panama

Panama is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2017 there have been 46 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Panama in other countries.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United States 1800 1300
Canada 1600 000
Costa Rica 600 0060.0 %
Spain 600 000
Totals 4600 13060.0 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 184,710 migrants lived in Panama. 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.