Asylum applications and refugees in Portugal

1,440 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2021 in Portugal — according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Afghanistan, Morocco and from India. A total of 338 decisions have been made on initial applications. Around 73% of them were answered positively. 27 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. The most successful have been the applications of refugees from Syria and from Afghanistan.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Incoming asylum applications in Portugal 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 from foreign refugees in Portugal

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

Afghanistan665670100.0 %
Gambia6851033.3 %
Guinea-Bissau53050.0 %
Angola470180.0 %
Senegal44050.0 %
Pakistan3750100.0 %
Sierra Leone27050.0 %
Turkey25120100.0 %
Ghana20050.0 %
Nigeria19120100.0 %
Syria17730100.0 %
Iraq16170100.0 %
Ivory Coast14050.0 %
Venezuela140140.0 %
Congo (Dem. Republic)1300
Ukraine1152516.7 %
Iran9100100.0 %
Sri Lanka750100.0 %
Egypt550100.0 %
Congo550100.0 %
Eritrea5100100.0 %
Liberia550100.0 %
China050100.0 %
Russia050100.0 %
Totals1,4402469272.8 %

Asylum applications of refugees from Portugal

Portugal is one of the countries where refugees are not only coming in. In the year 2021, there have been 96 asylum applications received from citizens from Portugal in other countries.

New Applications

United States610190.0 %
Canada220290.0 %
Brazil8050.0 %
New Zealand0050.0 %
Totals960580.0 %


United States1700
Canada5050.0 %
New Zealand000
Totals22050.0 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 1,001,963 migrants lived in Portugal, representing about 1 percent of the total population. 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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