Sri Lanka Refugee Statistics 1991-2022

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.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2020 was 1,013.00, a 2.69% decline from 2019.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2019 was 1,041.00, a 30.78% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2018 was 796.00, a 2.93% decline from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2017 was 820.00, a 36.21% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
West Bank and Gaza 2,348,243.00
Pakistan 1,438,955.00
Sudan 1,040,308.00
Bangladesh 866,534.00
Kenya 452,941.00
Cameroon 436,406.00
Egypt 272,856.00
India 195,403.00
Mauritania 93,638.00
Nigeria 66,081.00
Zambia 66,075.00
Congo, Rep. 27,107.00
Angola 25,806.00
Djibouti 21,208.00
Ghana 12,411.00
Papua New Guinea 10,801.00
Indonesia 10,134.00
Morocco 8,161.00
Tunisia 2,620.00
Ukraine 2,274.00
Georgia 1,800.00
Bolivia 1,156.00
Sri Lanka 1,013.00
Eswatini 970.00
Philippines 744.00
Moldova 435.00
Kyrgyz Republic 334.00
Nicaragua 326.00
Lesotho 281.00
Honduras 85.00
El Salvador 63.00
Uzbekistan 18.00
Mongolia 10.00
Vietnam 5.00
Sri Lanka Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 1,013.00 -2.69%
2019 1,041.00 30.78%
2018 796.00 -2.93%
2017 820.00 36.21%
2016 602.00 -22.92%
2015 781.00 53.74%
2014 508.00 255.24%
2013 143.00 31.19%
2012 109.00 -41.71%
2011 187.00 -16.52%
2010 224.00 -10.76%
2009 251.00 -7.38%
2008 271.00 47.28%
2007 184.00 13.58%
2006 162.00 52.83%
2005 106.00 76.67%
2004 60.00 130.77%
2003 26.00 18.18%
2002 22.00 69.23%
2001 13.00 8.33%
2000 12.00 -33.33%
1999 18.00 -28.00%
1998 25.00 19.05%
1997 21.00 90.91%
1996 11.00 -8.33%
1995 12.00 9.09%
1994 11.00 -42.11%
1993 19.00 -9.52%
1992 21.00 40.00%
1991 15.00 40.00%