Refugees in Latvia

302 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2016 in Latvia - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Syria, Afghanistan and from Russia. A total of 146 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 21% answered positively. 79 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Russia and from Iraq.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Latvia

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2016. 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 14900 000
Afghanistan 350240.0 % 000
Russia 268850.0 % 000
India 200120.0 % 000
Pakistan 180180.0 % 000
Tajikistan 1400 000
Eritrea 1000 000
Nepal 10060.0 % 000
Armenia 800 000
Sri Lanka 600 000
Ukraine 6080.0 % 000
Congo (Dem. Republic) 0060.0 % 000
Iraq 0233341.1 % 000
Totals 3023111521.2 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Latvia

Latvia is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2016 there have been 21 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Latvia in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Australia and in the United Kingdom.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United States 1500 000
United Kingdom 6060.0 % 000
Australia 0060.0 % 000
Totals 210120.0 % 000

National migrant stock from 1995 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 263,126 migrants lived in Latvia. 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.