Asylum applications and refugees from Saudi Arabia

339 people from Saudi Arabia fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.001% of all residents. The most common destination countries have been the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. The most successful have been the refugees in the Netherlands and Ireland.

A total of 112 people fled to the United States from Saudi Arabia. With 42 positive decisions, 73.68 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 15 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 Saudi Arabia.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of refugees from Saudi Arabia

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 Kingdom11236587.8 %
United States112421573.7 %
Canada3591594.8 %
Netherlands31120100.0 %
France10050.0 %
Egypt5050.0 %
Switzerland550100.0 %
Ireland050100.0 %
South Korea0050.0 %
New Zealand050100.0 %
Totals3391964083.1 %


United Kingdom550100.0 %
United States33100100.0 %
Canada19131056.5 %
Germany550100.0 %
France55550.0 %
Sweden5050.0 %
South Korea000
New Zealand000
Totals72382065.5 %

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 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 47 asylum applications from refugees of other countries. The most successful have been the refugees from Syria and from Yemen.

New Applications

Syria42620100.0 %
Yemen550100.0 %
Totals47670100.0 %



National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 13,454,842 migrants lived in Saudi Arabia, representing about 20 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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