Asylum applications and refugees from Indonesia

704 people from Indonesia fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. The most common destination countries have been Australia, United States and New Zealand. Overall, 87 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

A total of 238 people fled to the United States from Indonesia. With 14 positive decisions, 15.22 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 78 applications were rejected, and no decisions were made on those remaining in 2021.

In a second table below you can additionally find the refugees who came from abroad and applied for asylum in Indonesia.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from Indonesia

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

Australia384132964.2 %
United States238147815.2 %
New Zealand260430.0 %
Canada18232547.9 %
United Kingdom14130100.0 %
Malaysia850100.0 %
South Korea60130.0 %
Greece50360.0 %
Netherlands551131.3 %
Germany0050.0 %
Totals7047350712.6 %


Australia3020420.0 %
United States85111150.0 %
New Zealand000
Canada14050.0 %
United Kingdom000
South Korea000
Greece190100.0 %
Germany0050.0 %
Totals420117313.1 %

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Indonesia

Indonesia is not only a country from which many people escape. There are also refugees from other countries, who apply for asylum here and hope for a better future. In the year 2021, there have been 10 asylum applications from refugees of other countries. The most successful have been the refugees from Afghanistan and from Somalia.

New Applications

Afghanistan51460100.0 %
Uganda5050.0 %
Egypt0050.0 %
Eritrea0360100.0 %
Iraq0240100.0 %
Sri Lanka00100.0 %
Myanmar050100.0 %
Pakistan050100.0 %
Somalia0400100.0 %
Sudan0100100.0 %
Yemen0110100.0 %
Totals102772093.3 %


Sri Lanka1650100.0 %
Totals2850100.0 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 355,505 migrants lived in Indonesia, representing about 1 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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