UAE Refugee Statistics 1968-2022

Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, people recognized as refugees in accordance with the UNHCR statute, people granted refugee-like humanitarian status, and people provided temporary protection. Asylum seekers--people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers--are excluded. Palestinian refugees are people (and their descendants) whose residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. Country of asylum is the country where an asylum claim was filed and granted.
  • UAE refugee statistics for 2020 was 1,330.00, a 7.09% increase from 2019.
  • UAE refugee statistics for 2019 was 1,242.00, a 6.43% increase from 2018.
  • UAE refugee statistics for 2018 was 1,167.00, a 32.01% increase from 2017.
  • UAE refugee statistics for 2017 was 884.00, a 0.45% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Germany 1,210,636.00
France 436,100.00
United States 340,881.00
Sweden 248,425.00
Austria 141,866.00
United Kingdom 132,349.00
Italy 128,033.00
Switzerland 115,868.00
Canada 109,264.00
Spain 103,679.00
Greece 103,136.00
Netherlands 78,911.00
Belgium 65,033.00
Australia 57,451.00
Norway 49,713.00
Denmark 36,718.00
Finland 23,483.00
Cyprus 14,037.00
Malta 9,208.00
Ireland 9,070.00
Hungary 5,898.00
Luxembourg 5,213.00
Argentina 4,045.00
South Korea 3,498.00
Trinidad and Tobago 3,224.00
Poland 2,811.00
Panama 2,632.00
Portugal 2,445.00
Chile 2,078.00
Czech Republic 1,959.00
Lithuania 1,915.00
Israel 1,898.00
New Zealand 1,808.00
Iceland 1,510.00
UAE 1,330.00
Japan 1,137.00
Slovak Republic 1,036.00
Croatia 966.00
Slovenia 858.00
Kuwait 737.00
Uruguay 719.00
Latvia 667.00
Saudi Arabia 340.00
Oman 308.00
Estonia 297.00
Hong Kong 266.00
Bahrain 256.00
Qatar 201.00
Liechtenstein 154.00
Curacao 78.00
Cayman Islands 43.00
Bahamas 25.00
Monaco 22.00
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 10.00
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.00
Singapore 5.00
UAE Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 1,330.00 7.09%
2019 1,242.00 6.43%
2018 1,167.00 32.01%
2017 884.00 -0.45%
2016 888.00 33.94%
2015 663.00 58.23%
2014 419.00 -30.40%
2013 602.00 -4.14%
2012 628.00 -6.96%
2011 675.00 25.46%
2010 538.00 92.14%
2009 280.00 37.25%
2008 204.00 26.71%
2007 161.00 -8.52%
2006 176.00 69.23%
2005 104.00 -1.89%
2004 106.00 -33.75%
2003 160.00 -3.03%
2002 165.00 -70.22%
2001 554.00 -1.07%
2000 560.00 11.78%
1999 501.00 -5.83%
1998 532.00 2.50%
1997 519.00 11.85%
1996 464.00 13.45%
1995 409.00 7.63%
1994 380.00 -12.44%
1993 434.00 520.00%
1989 70.00 -99.73%
1985 26,350.00 409.67%
1984 5,170.00 26.41%
1983 4,090.00 10.84%
1982 3,690.00 -39.41%
1981 6,090.00 144.58%
1980 2,490.00 322.03%
1979 590.00 51.28%
1978 390.00 0.00%
1977 390.00 -90.25%
1976 4,000.00 233.33%
1974 1,200.00 -62.50%
1973 3,200.00 267.82%
1972 870.00 0.00%
1971 870.00 190.00%
1969 300.00 0.00%
1968 300.00 0.00%