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Refugee countries and asylum data

Of the countless refugees in 2015, most came from Syria and from Afghanistan. On the other side are Serbia and Germany as most often chosen host countries for an application for asylum.

Our listing shows on both sides the 50 largest countries on the basis of data collected from UNHCR. Included are the numbers of initial applications for asylum. The rejection and admission quotas of individual countries can be found on the detail view of each country.

Map of the largest refugee countries 2015

The map shows the countries from which most people take refuge. To get more accurate data on distribution, host countries and admission quotas, click in the following two tables on one of the country's name.

Top 50 refugee countries

Originapplications
for asylum
per million
inhabitants
Syria
710,97341,371
Afghanistan
432,51712,976
Iraq
284,6387,462
Ukraine
174,5273,948
Serbia
88,99112,457
Albania
67,32722,157
Pakistan
66,573330
Eritrea
57,8799,860
Democratic Republic of the Congo
55,702685
Iran
53,952652
Nigeria
44,010237
Somalia
38,1623,528
Ethiopia
27,853272
Bangladesh
26,670171
China
25,29718
Burma
23,971421
Sudan
23,348636
Russia
21,007148
Burundi
18,9441,707
Zimbabwe
18,5361,274
Yemen
15,128552
Gambia
14,0186,975
Senegal
13,558947
El Salvador
11,6961,900
India
11,3669
Macedonia
10,8315,158
Mexico
10,19483
Venezuela
10,149328
Central African Republic
9,7091,763
Mali
9,417539
Guatemala
9,393618
Algeria
8,962223
Morocco
8,862263
Ghana
8,858329
Sri Lanka
8,299373
Honduras
7,760873
Ivory Coast
7,712325
Georgia
7,4641,515
Guinea
6,846566
Egypt
6,61270
Cameroon
6,545269
Turkey
6,40580
Libya
6,276959
Bosnia and Herzegovina
6,2211,611
Colombia
5,714121
Haiti
5,711545
Lebanon
5,039808
Armenia
4,7251,549
Nepal
4,223145
Montenegro
3,7065,749

Top 50 host countries

Destinationapplications
for asylum
per million
inhabitants
Serbia
577,91880,896
Germany
441,8235,473
Hungary
177,08317,933
Sweden
156,28015,817
Russia
152,3891,070
Turkey
133,2811,660
United States
90,517279
Austria
85,7189,839
Italy
83,1751,341
France
74,1231,109
South Africa
62,1051,144
Netherlands
43,0022,527
Switzerland
39,4604,824
Belgium
38,9733,416
United Kingdom
38,766602
Uganda
35,911937
Norway
30,3965,773
Finland
29,1615,304
Malaysia
22,020711
Denmark
21,2123,792
Egypt
21,077223
Bulgaria
20,1222,816
Jordan
19,3422,363
Lebanon
17,8212,857
Canada
16,480466
Kenya
15,747337
Spain
14,822305
Brazil
14,68171
Australia
12,117527
Greece
11,2961,049
Poland
10,307268
Japan
7,54760
Sudan
7,096193
Pakistan
6,59033
Djibouti
6,5457,730
India
6,5045
South Korea
5,662111
Syria
4,584267
Cameroon
4,464183
Indonesia
4,40117
Mozambique
4,318167
Malawi
3,787204
Burundi
3,631327
Ireland
3,471701
Mexico
3,37827
Republic of the Congo
3,138647
Zambia
2,950190
Yemen
2,69198
Algeria
2,62965
Chad
2,611220