Nigeria Refugee Statistics 1976-2022

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.
  • Nigeria refugee statistics for 2021 was 77,132.00, a 16.77% increase from 2020.
  • Nigeria refugee statistics for 2020 was 66,056.00, a 21.97% increase from 2019.
  • Nigeria refugee statistics for 2019 was 54,157.00, a 55.95% increase from 2018.
  • Nigeria refugee statistics for 2018 was 34,727.00, a 1718.17% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
West Bank and Gaza 2,400,208.00
Pakistan 1,491,070.00
Sudan 1,103,918.00
Bangladesh 918,907.00
Kenya 481,048.00
Cameroon 457,269.00
Egypt 280,686.00
India 212,413.00
Mauritania 101,942.00
Nigeria 77,132.00
Zambia 75,154.00
Republic of Congo 40,765.00
Angola 26,045.00
Djibouti 23,232.00
Uzbekistan 13,032.00
Ghana 11,894.00
Papua New Guinea 11,839.00
Indonesia 9,982.00
Morocco 7,272.00
Tunisia 3,186.00
Ukraine 2,382.00
Georgia 1,818.00
Bolivia 1,116.00
Sri Lanka 907.00
Eswatini 895.00
Philippines 801.00
Moldova 349.00
Kyrgyz Republic 317.00
Nicaragua 313.00
Lesotho 296.00
Honduras 144.00
El Salvador 98.00
Cambodia 24.00
Nigeria Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2021 77,132.00 16.77%
2020 66,056.00 21.97%
2019 54,157.00 55.95%
2018 34,727.00 1718.17%
2017 1,910.00 40.75%
2016 1,357.00 -2.16%
2015 1,387.00 12.13%
2014 1,237.00 -26.72%
2013 1,688.00 -46.43%
2012 3,151.00 -64.21%
2011 8,803.00 0.67%
2010 8,744.00 -4.22%
2009 9,129.00 -9.85%
2008 10,127.00 19.66%
2007 8,463.00 -3.40%
2006 8,761.00 -2.84%
2005 9,017.00 7.41%
2004 8,395.00 -8.48%
2003 9,173.00 24.75%
2002 7,353.00 2.11%
2001 7,201.00 -0.96%
2000 7,271.00 4.74%
1999 6,942.00 2.36%
1998 6,782.00 -25.23%
1997 9,071.00 6.89%
1996 8,486.00 4.53%
1995 8,118.00 34.74%
1994 6,025.00 25.03%
1993 4,819.00 0.77%
1992 4,782.00 33.84%
1991 3,573.00 0.06%
1990 3,571.00 -5.55%
1989 3,781.00 -26.91%
1988 5,173.00 1.43%
1987 5,100.00 7.14%
1986 4,760.00 -19.05%
1985 5,880.00 28.67%
1984 4,570.00 -1.08%
1983 4,620.00 -11.83%
1982 5,240.00 -94.15%
1981 89,570.00 -10.43%
1980 100,000.00 24900.00%
1979 400.00 8.11%
1978 370.00 23.33%
1977 300.00 500.00%
1976 50.00 500.00%