Asylum applications and refugees in Suriname

515 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2021 in Suriname — according to UNHCR. The countries of origin were exclusively Cuba and Venezuela. A total of 10 decisions have been made on initial applications. Around 100% of them were answered positively. 0 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. The most successful have been the applications of refugees from Cuba.

In a second table below you can find the refugees who fled from Suriname and made their asylum application to other countries.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Suriname

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

Cuba430100100.0 %
Totals515100100.0 %



Asylum applications of refugees from Suriname

Suriname is one of the countries where refugees are not only coming in. In the year 2021, there have been 22 asylum applications received from citizens from Suriname in other countries.

New Applications

Belgium100600.0 %
France70180.0 %
Netherlands50110.0 %
Canada0050.0 %
Totals220940.0 %


France14050.0 %
Totals24050.0 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 46,836 migrants lived in Suriname. 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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