Iraq Refugee Statistics 1979-2022

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.
  • Iraq refugee statistics for 2020 was 270,392.00, a 1.31% decline from 2019.
  • Iraq refugee statistics for 2019 was 273,986.00, a 3.19% decline from 2018.
  • Iraq refugee statistics for 2018 was 283,018.00, a 1.93% increase from 2017.
  • Iraq refugee statistics for 2017 was 277,668.00, a 6.04% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Turkey 3,652,362.00
Jordan 3,009,517.00
Lebanon 1,349,955.00
Iran 800,025.00
China 303,410.00
Iraq 270,392.00
Malaysia 129,924.00
Armenia 107,930.00
Ecuador 104,652.00
Algeria 97,671.00
Thailand 96,214.00
South Africa 76,754.00
Venezuela 68,119.00
Brazil 59,147.00
Mexico 45,469.00
Serbia 26,130.00
Bulgaria 21,168.00
Russia 20,325.00
Costa Rica 9,648.00
Bosnia 5,257.00
Peru 4,327.00
Libya 4,184.00
Romania 3,631.00
Namibia 3,588.00
Belarus 2,915.00
Paraguay 1,701.00
Azerbaijan 1,582.00
Nauru 1,084.00
Colombia 997.00
Botswana 637.00
Gabon 482.00
Guatemala 462.00
Kazakhstan 445.00
North Macedonia 314.00
Cuba 232.00
Montenegro 176.00
Dominican Republic 172.00
Albania 115.00
Guyana 33.00
Jamaica 32.00
Belize 29.00
Suriname 24.00
Mauritius 20.00
Turkmenistan 20.00
Fiji 14.00
Grenada 5.00
Iraq Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 270,392.00 -1.31%
2019 273,986.00 -3.19%
2018 283,018.00 1.93%
2017 277,668.00 6.04%
2016 261,863.00 -5.70%
2015 277,702.00 2.42%
2014 271,137.00 10.09%
2013 246,294.00 149.24%
2012 98,818.00 180.86%
2011 35,184.00 1.55%
2010 34,647.00 -1.61%
2009 35,213.00 -10.86%
2008 39,503.00 -6.73%
2007 42,352.00 -4.63%
2006 44,406.00 -11.50%
2005 50,177.00 8.95%
2004 46,053.00 -1.43%
2003 46,721.00 -65.18%
2002 134,190.00 4.72%
2001 128,142.00 0.28%
2000 127,787.00 -0.87%
1999 128,913.00 23.93%
1998 104,022.00 -0.01%
1997 104,032.00 -7.90%
1996 112,957.00 -3.23%
1995 116,722.00 -2.39%
1994 119,581.00 9.64%
1993 109,066.00 -5.16%
1992 115,000.00 30.70%
1991 87,990.00 9676.67%
1990 900.00 -10.00%
1987 1,000.00 -99.10%
1986 111,000.00 33.41%
1985 83,200.00 6833.33%
1984 1,200.00 0.00%
1983 1,200.00 0.00%
1982 1,200.00 0.00%
1981 1,200.00 200.00%
1980 400.00 0.00%
1979 400.00 0.00%