Asylum applications and refugees in Saudi Arabia

2,266 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2018 in Saudi Arabia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Syria. A total of 108 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 100% answered positively. 0 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Syria and from Yemen.

In a second table below you find the refugees, who fled from Saudi Arabia and made their asylum application in other countries.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Saudi Arabia 2000 to 2018

The top line represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below there are the number of recognized refugees (green) and the rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Saudi Arabia

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



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Syria 2,187890100.0 % 000
Yemen 56190100.0 % 000
China 1000 000
unknown 700 000
Eritrea 600 000
Totals 2,2661080100.0 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2018 there have been 653 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Saudi Arabia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Italy and in Lebanon.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Canada 204100892.6 % 12060.0 %
United States 166623563.9 % 827558.3 %
United Kingdom 88272354.0 % 120100.0 %
Germany 36121446.2 % 2051229.4 %
Australia 34050.0 % 000
New Zealand 316842.9 % 000
Jordan 1400 000
Italy 1360100.0 % 000
Ecuador 1100 000
Turkey 900 000
Switzerland 700 000
Lebanon 750100.0 % 000
South Korea 600 000
Norway 600 6050.0 %
Sweden 600 9070.0 %
Brazil 500 000
Netherlands 500 000
Philippines 500 000
Totals 6532189370.1 % 141124521.1 %

National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 10,185,945 migrants lived in Saudi Arabia. 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.

(Values of the graph in millions of immigrants)