Asylum applications and refugees from Hong Kong

346 people from Hong Kong fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.005% of all residents. The mostly chosen host country has been the United States. Overall, 81 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in the United States and Canada.

A total of 122 people fled to the United States from Hong Kong. With 13 positive decisions, 72.22 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 5 applications were rejected, and no decisions were made on those remaining in 2021.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from Hong Kong

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 States12213572.2 %
United Kingdom115122631.6 %
Italy91131986.2 %
Canada18171160.7 %
Totals3465524018.6 %


United States900
United Kingdom1400

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 2,962,492 migrants lived in Hong Kong, representing about 4 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. (Values of the graph in millions of immigrants)

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