Australia Refugee Statistics 1965-2022

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.
  • Australia refugee statistics for 2020 was 57,451.00, a 1.84% decline from 2019.
  • Australia refugee statistics for 2019 was 58,529.00, a 2.8% increase from 2018.
  • Australia refugee statistics for 2018 was 56,934.00, a 17.44% increase from 2017.
  • Australia refugee statistics for 2017 was 48,480.00, a 14.92% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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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
Australia Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 57,451.00 -1.84%
2019 58,529.00 2.80%
2018 56,934.00 17.44%
2017 48,480.00 14.92%
2016 42,187.00 14.28%
2015 36,917.00 3.80%
2014 35,565.00 3.13%
2013 34,485.00 14.72%
2012 30,061.00 28.34%
2011 23,423.00 7.49%
2010 21,790.00 -3.34%
2009 22,543.00 7.78%
2008 20,915.00 -5.62%
2007 22,161.00 -67.86%
2006 68,942.00 6.14%
2005 64,955.00 2.33%
2004 63,478.00 12.87%
2003 56,242.00 -5.35%
2002 59,422.00 2.66%
2001 57,885.00 -3.88%
2000 60,219.00 -7.18%
1999 64,879.00 -6.94%
1998 69,714.00 5.54%
1997 66,056.00 -1.85%
1996 67,298.00 8.29%
1995 62,145.00 7.94%
1994 57,575.00 7.61%
1993 53,505.00 1.71%
1992 52,604.00 -0.97%
1991 53,117.00 -45.75%
1990 97,915.00 0.00%
1989 97,915.00 7.63%
1988 90,970.00 3.85%
1987 87,600.00 1.98%
1986 85,900.00 -3.48%
1985 89,000.00 0.00%
1984 89,000.00 -71.92%
1983 317,000.00 0.00%
1982 317,000.00 0.00%
1981 317,000.00 4.28%
1980 304,000.00 0.00%
1979 304,000.00 0.00%
1978 304,000.00 623.81%
1970 42,000.00 0.00%
1969 42,000.00 -2.33%
1968 43,000.00 -2.27%
1967 44,000.00 10.00%
1966 40,000.00 0.00%
1965 40,000.00 0.00%