Malawi Refugee Statistics 1986-2022

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.
  • Malawi refugee statistics for 2020 was 14,897.00, a 5.75% increase from 2019.
  • Malawi refugee statistics for 2019 was 14,087.00, a 2.21% increase from 2018.
  • Malawi refugee statistics for 2018 was 13,783.00, a 53.54% increase from 2017.
  • Malawi refugee statistics for 2017 was 8,977.00, a 4.36% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Uganda 1,421,133.00
Ethiopia 800,464.00
Syrian Arab Republic 584,059.00
Congo, Dem. Rep. 490,243.00
Chad 478,664.00
South Sudan 314,453.00
Tanzania 234,655.00
Niger 233,308.00
Yemen 166,936.00
Rwanda 139,501.00
Burundi 75,476.00
Afghanistan 72,278.00
Mali 47,385.00
Burkina Faso 20,252.00
Nepal 19,565.00
Malawi 14,897.00
Senegal 14,366.00
Somalia 11,235.00
Togo 10,808.00
Zimbabwe 9,266.00
Central African Republic 9,083.00
Liberia 8,233.00
Guinea 6,034.00
Tajikistan 5,588.00
Mozambique 4,757.00
Gambia 4,383.00
Guinea-Bissau 1,861.00
Benin 1,401.00
Sierra Leone 342.00
Eritrea 201.00
Madagascar 127.00
Comoros 5.00
Haiti 5.00
Malawi Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 14,897.00 5.75%
2019 14,087.00 2.21%
2018 13,783.00 53.54%
2017 8,977.00 -4.36%
2016 9,386.00 4.08%
2015 9,018.00 53.60%
2014 5,871.00 1.33%
2013 5,794.00 -11.49%
2012 6,546.00 3.81%
2011 6,306.00 9.90%
2010 5,738.00 5.56%
2009 5,436.00 30.23%
2008 4,174.00 42.60%
2007 2,927.00 -25.77%
2006 3,943.00 -7.03%
2005 4,241.00 15.18%
2004 3,682.00 14.78%
2003 3,208.00 47.83%
2002 2,170.00 -65.00%
2001 6,200.00 58.97%
2000 3,900.00 130.50%
1999 1,692.00 36.34%
1998 1,241.00 346.40%
1997 278.00 -78.06%
1996 1,267.00 24.46%
1995 1,018.00 -98.87%
1994 90,242.00 -87.35%
1993 713,605.00 -32.58%
1992 1,058,498.00 7.81%
1991 981,812.00 5.94%
1990 926,725.00 12.67%
1989 822,503.00 30.94%
1988 628,133.00 56.39%
1987 401,640.00 301.64%
1986 100,000.00 301.64%