Asylum applications and refugees in Estonia

74 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2019 in Estonia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Russia, Turkey and from Armenia. A total of 80 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 59% answered positively. 41 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Turkey and from Egypt.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Estonia

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2019. 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
Russia 32111345.8 % 000
Turkey 22160100.0 % 000
Armenia 5050.0 % 000
Georgia 5050.0 % 000
Syria 550100.0 % 000
Ukraine 551033.3 % 000
Egypt 050100.0 % 000
Pakistan 050100.0 % 000
Totals 74473358.8 % 000

National migrant stock from 1990 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 202,348 migrants lived in Estonia. 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.