Refugees in Peru

4,328 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2016 in Peru - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Venezuela, Cuba and from Colombia. A total of 280 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 48% answered positively. 52 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Haiti and from Colombia.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Peru 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 foreign refugees in Peru

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



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Venezuela 3,602646948.1 % 000
Cuba 427183335.3 % 000
Colombia 148323250.0 % 000
Haiti 54200100.0 % 000
Turkey 3600 000
Dominican Republic 110120.0 % 000
Senegal 900 000
Ecuador 800 000
Syria 800 000
Ukraine 700 000
Cameroon 600 000
Ghana 600 000
unknown 600 000
Totals 4,32813414647.9 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Peru

Peru is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2016 there have been 723 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Peru in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in the United States and in Canada.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United States 497170100.0 % 329123028.6 %
Canada 57102231.3 % 000
France 450620.0 % 480280.0 %
Italy 420120.0 % 000
Spain 320100.0 % 000
Australia 210140.0 % 000
Sweden 160110.0 % 1600
Chile 1300 000
Totals 7232713117.1 % 393125817.1 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 90,881 migrants lived in Peru. 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.