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Asylum applications and refugees in Portugal

1,767 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2019 in Portugal - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Angola, Gambia and from Guinea-Bissau. A total of 180 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 Sudan.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination


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Development of incoming asylum applications in Portugal 2000 to 2019

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 Portugal

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

Originappliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
Angola30700
Gambia17300
Guinea-Bissau16000
Guinea12800
Venezuela9600
Congo (Dem. Republic)8600
Nigeria8200
Ukraine8000
Senegal7300
Cameroon5100
Sierra Leone4300
Sudan39260100.0 %
Morocco3400
Iran3350100.0 %
Mali3300
Togo3100
Ivory Coast2900
Ghana2200
Cuba2100
Eritrea19130100.0 %
Afghanistan1850100.0 %
Brazil1800
Congo1800
Algeria1600
Egypt1600
Russia1600
China1500
Iraq12170100.0 %
Pakistan1200
Albania1100
Sri Lanka1000
Somalia1000
Turkey1050100.0 %
Azerbaijan500
Bangladesh500
Burkina Faso500
Comoros500
Haiti500
Mauritania500
Syria5940100.0 %
stateless500
unknown500
South Sudan0150100.0 %
Totals1,7671800100.0 %

Asylum applications of refugees from Portugal

Portugal is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2019 there have been 63 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Portugal in other countries.

New Applications

Destinationappliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
United States430140.0 %
Canada1500
United Kingdom5050.0 %
Totals630190.0 %

Reviews

Destinationappliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
United States4900
Canada00100.0 %
United Kingdom000
Totals490100.0 %


National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 837,257 migrants lived in Portugal. 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.