Asylum applications and refugees in Saudi Arabia

877 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2020 in Saudi Arabia - according to UNHCR. All these refugees had come from Syria. A total of 32 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.

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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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Saudi Arabia

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2020. 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

Syria877320100.0 %
Totals877320100.0 %



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 2020 there have been 247 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Saudi Arabia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Egypt and in the Philippines.

New Applications

United States88241857.1 %
United Kingdom6448590.6 %
Canada40128596.2 %
Australia21621086.1 %
Germany1320580.0 %
France12141058.3 %
Netherlands950100.0 %
Philippines050100.0 %
Switzerland050100.0 %
Egypt0110100.0 %
Totals2473225385.9 %


United States3214573.7 %
United Kingdom550100.0 %
Canada00130.0 %
Germany05550.0 %
France550100.0 %
Totals51292355.8 %

National migrant stock from 1960 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)

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