Refugees in the United Kingdom

33,399 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2017 in the United Kingdom - according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Iraq, Pakistan and from Iran. A total of 24,534 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 30\% answered positively. 70 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from South Sudan and from Tajikistan.

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

Refugee countries by origin and destination


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Development of incoming asylum applications in the United Kingdom 2000 to 2017

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 the United Kingdom

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2017. 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

 

Reviews

Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
 appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
Iraq 3,2683101,47017.4 % 1,2736041,07536.0 %
Pakistan 3,1303462,25813.3 % 1,4063571,13823.9 %
Iran 3,0571,4961,32453.0 % 1,3221,0011,14846.6 %
Bangladesh 1,982551,5573.4 % 1,10518886517.9 %
Afghanistan 1,92751291935.8 % 90456849153.6 %
Sudan 1,83292429875.6 % 2811038754.2 %
India 1,77701,2800.0 % 2004614524.1 %
Albania 1,696307064.1 % 39514231830.9 %
Nigeria 1,589861,1796.8 % 48413438825.7 %
Eritrea 1,1281,19415988.2 % 20319913260.1 %
Vietnam 1,09413432429.3 % 2859913442.5 %
China 996135112.5 % 2473027010.0 %
Sri Lanka 945488705.2 % 59633735848.5 %
Libya 92212822736.1 % 1061265669.2 %
Syria 7938399789.6 % 102629639.2 %
Turkey 5073618116.6 % 1719511445.5 %
Ethiopia 45415513553.4 % 137769644.2 %
Egypt 4375329915.1 % 2365313927.6 %
stateless 37031318463.0 % 112225727.8 %
Somalia 33315214651.0 % 136977955.1 %
Ghana 26892004.3 % 96119310.6 %
unknown 263697149.3 % 571613183.9 %
Zimbabwe 252192407.3 % 1896415529.2 %
Cameroon 2373814321.0 % 115387234.5 %
Algeria 21171205.5 % 74215726.9 %
Russia 2024910731.4 % 51202247.6 %
Nepal 19701450.0 % 6574613.2 %
Ukraine 1941210710.1 % 57134223.6 %
Congo (Dem. Republic) 1912712617.6 % 115517540.5 %
Jamaica 18991725.0 % 68144424.1 %
Yemen 177543958.1 % 29231069.7 %
Kuwait 169372856.9 % 23101147.6 %
Uganda 126616548.4 % 52286231.1 %
Malaysia 124154923.4 % 3572521.9 %
Morocco 1205558.3 % 39113026.8 %
Namibia 1110370.0 % 2071138.9 %
Kenya 1015746.3 % 46103223.8 %
Philippines 970630.0 % 310280.0 %
Lebanon 93127014.6 % 29162440.0 %
South Africa 890540.0 % 2051131.3 %
Gambia 86139911.6 % 65236027.7 %
Malawi 800620.0 % 3562519.4 %
Mauritius 780540.0 % 1251033.3 %
El Salvador 76383850.0 % 19111052.4 %
Georgia 740400.0 % 240160.0 %
Azerbaijan 700320.0 % 130110.0 %
Saudi Arabia 57222151.2 % 170140.0 %
Burma 5472521.9 % 2293023.1 %
Trinidad and Tobago 54122929.3 % 11080.0 %
Angola 5374114.6 % 200250.0 %
Sierra Leone 49102528.6 % 2151722.7 %
Ivory Coast 480340.0 % 2661924.0 %
United States 470220.0 % 000
Tanzania 440300.0 % 1861037.5 %
Congo 4252020.0 % 217943.8 %
Armenia 410300.0 % 1660100.0 %
Tunisia 400300.0 % 13090.0 %
Serbia 380230.0 % 850100.0 %
Guinea 3561331.6 % 180140.0 %
Brazil 330130.0 % 000
Rwanda 310230.0 % 1691047.4 %
Senegal 300200.0 % 1571531.8 %
Kazakhstan 290150.0 % 500
South Sudan 2950100.0 % 000
Uzbekistan 29050.0 % 000
Indonesia 27070.0 % 000
Thailand 270160.0 % 14060.0 %
Venezuela 260240.0 % 1500
Jordan 240260.0 % 200100.0 %
Mongolia 240170.0 % 700
Mexico 23090.0 % 5060.0 %
Burundi 2071236.8 % 8050.0 %
Zambia 200160.0 % 120140.0 %
Saint Lucia 190130.0 % 0050.0 %
Oman 170140.0 % 000
Bahrain 1600 000
Botswana 160130.0 % 9070.0 %
North Korea 15090.0 % 000
Belarus 13050.0 % 500
Grenada 13080.0 % 500
Poland 130170.0 % 000
Israel 120140.0 % 9070.0 %
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 12080.0 % 000
Honduras 1100 000
Lithuania 110150.0 % 000
Kyrgyzstan 1000 000
Bolivia 900 000
Hong Kong 900 000
Haiti 900 000
Mozambique 900 000
Benin 800 000
Mali 800 000
Romania 80100.0 % 000
Dominica 700 000
Guatemala 7070.0 % 000
South Korea 700 000
Colombia 60120.0 % 500
Gabon 600 000
Guyana 600 000
Chad 600 000
Australia 500 000
Burkina Faso 5050.0 % 0060.0 %
Barbados 500 000
Comoros 500 000
Hungary 500 000
Latvia 5060.0 % 000
Canada 0050.0 % 000
Liberia 0050.0 % 000
Maldives 06746.2 % 000
Portugal 0060.0 % 000
Tajikistan 050100.0 % 000
Totals 33,3997,39517,13930.1 % 11,4414,9618,44537.0 %





Asylum applications of refugees from the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2017 there have been 50 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from the United Kingdom in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in Australia and in Germany.
  

New Applications

 

Reviews

Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
 appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
rate
Australia 330140.0 % 000
United States 1700 100100.0 %
Germany 0090.0 % 000
Totals 500230.0 % 100100.0 %



National migrant stock from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 8,543,120 migrants lived in the United Kingdom. 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.


(Values of the graph in millions of immigrants)