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Asylum applications and refugees from Belarus

3,891 people from Belarus fled in 2021 and applied for asylum in other countries, according to UNHCR data. This corresponds to approximately 0.042% of all residents. The most common destination countries have been Poland, United States and Germany. The most successful have been the refugees in Latvia and Canada.

A total of 377 people fled to the United States from Belarus. With 80 positive decisions, 45.98 percent of all new applications have been accepted. Another 94 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 inBelarus.

Refugee countries by origin and destination


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Development of asylum applications from citizens from Belarus 2000 to 2021

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

Asylum applications of refugees from Belarus

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

DestinationAppliedAcceptedRejectedAcceptance
rate
Poland2,1771401789.2 %
United States377809446.0 %
Germany2010430.0 %
France1643717417.5 %
Spain1330300.0 %
Belgium12551525.0 %
Ukraine116111052.4 %
Sweden10053711.9 %
Netherlands86111345.8 %
Lithuania810100.0 %
Italy70261072.2 %
Latvia56340100.0 %
United Kingdom3950100.0 %
Czechia35411080.4 %
Austria280120.0 %
Switzerland2652020.0 %
Denmark200100.0 %
Canada9140100.0 %
Finland950100.0 %
Israel80280.0 %
Norway800
Estonia750100.0 %
Iceland600
Greece500
Liechtenstein500
Totals3,89142453344.3 %

Reviews

DestinationAppliedAcceptedRejectedAcceptance
rate
Poland9300
United States15059592.2 %
Germany2110360.0 %
France124214730.9 %
Spain000
Belgium1000
Ukraine000
Sweden1030840.0 %
Netherlands1700
Lithuania000
Italy000
Latvia000
United Kingdom050100.0 %
Czechia1100
Austria000
Switzerland1000
Denmark500
Canada000
Finland000
Israel000
Norway500
Estonia000
Iceland000
Greece500
Liechtenstein000
Totals7448517233.1 %

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Belarus

Belarus 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 445 asylum applications from refugees of other countries. The most successful have been the refugees from Turkey and from Lebanon.

New Applications

OriginAppliedAcceptedRejectedAcceptance
rate
Ukraine2010150.0 %
Iraq38050.0 %
Afghanistan3400
Iran2700
Nigeria260130.0 %
Congo (Dem. Republic)1700
Yemen1700
Turkey15160100.0 %
Syria1400
Somalia1300
Russia80130.0 %
Cameroon7050.0 %
Guinea7050.0 %
Sri Lanka6050.0 %
Congo500
Lithuania500
United States5050.0 %
Lebanon050100.0 %
Turkmenistan0050.0 %
Totals445217122.8 %

Reviews

OriginAppliedAcceptedRejectedAcceptance
rate
Ukraine5050.0 %
Iraq5050.0 %
Afghanistan000
Iran000
Nigeria600
Congo (Dem. Republic)000
Yemen000
Turkey000
Syria000
Somalia000
Russia8050.0 %
Cameroon5050.0 %
Guinea000
Sri Lanka0050.0 %
Congo000
Lithuania000
United States000
Lebanon000
Turkmenistan5050.0 %
Totals340300.0 %


National migrant stock from 1990 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 1,082,905 migrants lived in Belarus. 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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