Refugees from North Korea

237 people from North Korea have fled in 2016 and applied for asylum in other countries. This corresponds to approximately 0.001% of all residents. The most destination countries hereof have been Canada, Russia and Germany. Overall, 78 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in Luxembourg and in the United Kingdom.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from North Korea

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



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Canada 12900 000
Russia 5800 000
Germany 2900 000
United Kingdom 140210.0 % 000
United States 700 000
France 000 180120.0 %
Luxembourg 060100.0 % 000
Sweden 000 500
Totals 23762122.2 % 230120.0 %

National migrant stock from 1995 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 48,458 migrants lived in North Korea. 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.