Asylum applications and refugees from North Korea

61 people from North Korea have fled in 2018 and applied for asylum in other countries. The most destination countries hereof have been Russia, United States and the United Kingdom. Overall, 100 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in Germany 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 2018. 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
Russia 2800 000
United States 2100 000
United Kingdom 12090.0 % 000
Australia 000 0050.0 %
Canada 0070.0 % 000
Germany 00120.0 % 1600
Totals 610280.0 % 16050.0 %

National migrant stock from 1980 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.