Rwanda Refugee Statistics 1965-2022

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.
  • Rwanda refugee statistics for 2021 was 121,896.00, a 12.61% decline from 2020.
  • Rwanda refugee statistics for 2020 was 139,491.00, a 3.84% decline from 2019.
  • Rwanda refugee statistics for 2019 was 145,054.00, a 0.21% decline from 2018.
  • Rwanda refugee statistics for 2018 was 145,359.00, a 14.99% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Uganda 1,529,903.00
Ethiopia 821,283.00
Syrian Arab Republic 589,542.00
Chad 555,782.00
Democratic Republic of Congo 524,148.00
South Sudan 333,673.00
Niger 249,945.00
Tanzania 207,101.00
Rwanda 121,896.00
Yemen 89,467.00
Burundi 81,491.00
Afghanistan 66,949.00
Mali 49,975.00
Burkina Faso 25,010.00
Malawi 21,529.00
Nepal 19,574.00
Senegal 14,479.00
Somalia 13,804.00
Tajikistan 10,724.00
Togo 10,683.00
Zimbabwe 9,483.00
Central African Republic 9,305.00
Liberia 8,169.00
Guinea 5,741.00
Mozambique 4,797.00
Gambia 4,418.00
Guinea-Bissau 1,846.00
Benin 1,736.00
Sierra Leone 345.00
Madagascar 165.00
Eritrea 121.00
Comoros 27.00
Rwanda Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2021 121,896.00 -12.61%
2020 139,491.00 -3.84%
2019 145,054.00 -0.21%
2018 145,359.00 -14.99%
2017 170,991.00 9.56%
2016 156,065.00 7.83%
2015 144,739.00 96.06%
2014 73,822.00 0.64%
2013 73,352.00 26.00%
2012 58,217.00 5.23%
2011 55,325.00 -0.13%
2010 55,398.00 2.56%
2009 54,016.00 -1.91%
2008 55,067.00 2.79%
2007 53,574.00 8.91%
2006 49,191.00 8.82%
2005 45,202.00 -9.99%
2004 50,221.00 37.19%
2003 36,608.00 18.62%
2002 30,861.00 -11.30%
2001 34,793.00 22.52%
2000 28,398.00 -17.36%
1999 34,363.00 2.89%
1998 33,398.00 -2.42%
1997 34,227.00 35.51%
1996 25,257.00 224.14%
1995 7,792.00 29.87%
1994 6,000.00 -97.83%
1993 277,000.00 1000.87%
1992 25,162.00 -26.00%
1991 34,004.00 44.08%
1990 23,601.00 1.34%
1989 23,290.00 4.90%
1988 22,202.00 14.03%
1987 19,470.00 0.36%
1986 19,400.00 -3.53%
1985 20,110.00 -58.91%
1984 48,940.00 -1.13%
1983 49,500.00 -20.16%
1982 62,000.00 241.60%
1981 18,150.00 73.68%
1980 10,450.00 32.28%
1979 7,900.00 3.95%
1978 7,600.00 1.33%
1977 7,500.00 0.00%
1976 7,500.00 1.35%
1975 7,400.00 23.33%
1974 6,000.00 -7.69%
1973 6,500.00 62.50%
1972 4,000.00 1500.00%
1966 250.00 -91.67%
1965 3,000.00 -91.67%