Democratic Republic of Congo Refugee Statistics 1960-2024

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.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo refugee statistics for 2022 was 520,544.00, a 0.69% decline from 2021.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo refugee statistics for 2021 was 524,148.00, a 6.92% increase from 2020.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo refugee statistics for 2020 was 490,243.00, a 6.39% decline from 2019.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo refugee statistics for 2019 was 523,733.00, a 1.01% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Uganda 1,463,523.00
Ethiopia 879,598.00
Syrian Arab Republic 593,844.00
Chad 592,764.00
Democratic Republic of Congo 520,544.00
South Sudan 308,369.00
Niger 255,307.00
Tanzania 206,229.00
Rwanda 120,753.00
Burundi 84,636.00
Yemen 77,458.00
Mali 60,637.00
Afghanistan 52,159.00
Malawi 35,162.00
Burkina Faso 34,375.00
Nepal 19,560.00
Somalia 16,023.00
Senegal 11,802.00
Central African Republic 11,213.00
Zimbabwe 10,475.00
Togo 9,300.00
Tajikistan 8,608.00
Mozambique 4,992.00
Gambia 3,685.00
Guinea 2,199.00
Benin 1,779.00
Liberia 620.00
Madagascar 119.00
Eritrea 119.00
Guinea-Bissau 24.00
Comoros 12.00
Democratic Republic of Congo Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2022 520,544.00 -0.69%
2021 524,148.00 6.92%
2020 490,243.00 -6.39%
2019 523,733.00 -1.01%
2018 529,065.00 -1.49%
2017 537,089.00 18.84%
2016 451,957.00 17.98%
2015 383,095.00 219.91%
2014 119,752.00 5.64%
2013 113,357.00 74.11%
2012 65,106.00 -57.38%
2011 152,748.00 -8.17%
2010 166,333.00 -10.48%
2009 185,809.00 19.75%
2008 155,162.00 -12.53%
2007 177,390.00 -14.87%
2006 208,371.00 1.97%
2005 204,341.00 2.52%
2004 199,323.00 -14.83%
2003 234,033.00 -29.72%
2002 332,978.00 -8.02%
2001 362,014.00 8.87%
2000 332,509.00 16.56%
1999 285,270.00 18.76%
1998 240,214.00 -19.27%
1997 297,536.00 -55.98%
1996 675,972.00 -52.85%
1995 1,433,760.00 -16.85%
1994 1,724,365.00 201.43%
1993 572,070.00 46.26%
1992 391,127.00 -19.01%
1991 482,959.00 15.97%
1990 416,435.00 22.23%
1989 340,689.00 0.00%
1988 340,675.00 6.46%
1987 320,000.00 6.23%
1986 301,230.00 6.44%
1985 283,000.00 -16.11%
1984 337,330.00 11.15%
1983 303,500.00 -39.01%
1982 497,600.00 -13.72%
1981 576,740.00 -5.62%
1980 611,110.00 -13.99%
1979 710,480.00 8.80%
1978 653,000.00 23.14%
1977 530,300.00 2.97%
1976 515,000.00 0.98%
1975 510,000.00 1.34%
1974 503,250.00 9.39%
1973 460,050.00 -7.11%
1972 495,250.00 4.43%
1971 474,250.00 -3.02%
1970 489,000.00 -1.47%
1969 496,300.00 4.40%
1968 475,400.00 9.51%
1967 434,100.00 21.56%
1966 357,100.00 34.75%
1965 265,000.00 12.29%
1964 236,000.00 -0.42%
1963 237,000.00 6.28%
1962 223,000.00 9.85%
1961 203,000.00 35.33%
1960 150,000.00 35.33%