Switzerland Refugee Statistics 1960-2021

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.
  • Switzerland refugee statistics for 2020 was 115,868.00, a 5.18% increase from 2019.
  • Switzerland refugee statistics for 2019 was 110,162.00, a 5.91% increase from 2018.
  • Switzerland refugee statistics for 2018 was 104,011.00, a 11.8% increase from 2017.
  • Switzerland refugee statistics for 2017 was 93,030.00, a 12.53% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Germany 1,210,636.00
France 436,100.00
United States 340,881.00
Sweden 248,425.00
Austria 141,866.00
United Kingdom 132,349.00
Italy 128,033.00
Switzerland 115,868.00
Canada 109,264.00
Spain 103,679.00
Greece 103,136.00
Netherlands 78,911.00
Belgium 65,033.00
Australia 57,451.00
Norway 49,713.00
Denmark 36,718.00
Finland 23,483.00
Cyprus 14,037.00
Malta 9,208.00
Ireland 9,070.00
Hungary 5,898.00
Luxembourg 5,213.00
Argentina 4,045.00
South Korea 3,498.00
Trinidad and Tobago 3,224.00
Poland 2,811.00
Panama 2,632.00
Portugal 2,445.00
Chile 2,078.00
Czech Republic 1,959.00
Lithuania 1,915.00
Israel 1,898.00
New Zealand 1,808.00
Iceland 1,510.00
UAE 1,330.00
Japan 1,137.00
Slovak Republic 1,036.00
Croatia 966.00
Slovenia 858.00
Kuwait 737.00
Uruguay 719.00
Latvia 667.00
Saudi Arabia 340.00
Oman 308.00
Estonia 297.00
Hong Kong 266.00
Bahrain 256.00
Qatar 201.00
Liechtenstein 154.00
Curacao 78.00
Cayman Islands 43.00
Bahamas 25.00
Monaco 22.00
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 10.00
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.00
Singapore 5.00
Switzerland Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 115,868.00 5.18%
2019 110,162.00 5.91%
2018 104,011.00 11.80%
2017 93,030.00 12.53%
2016 82,668.00 12.74%
2015 73,326.00 17.14%
2014 62,596.00 19.35%
2013 52,448.00 3.38%
2012 50,733.00 0.66%
2011 50,401.00 3.25%
2010 48,813.00 5.65%
2009 46,204.00 0.16%
2008 46,131.00 1.07%
2007 45,642.00 -5.91%
2006 48,508.00 1.04%
2005 48,010.00 0.75%
2004 47,654.00 -4.93%
2003 50,126.00 -7.31%
2002 54,081.00 -7.51%
2001 58,471.00 1.47%
2000 57,624.00 -29.96%
1999 82,273.00 0.49%
1998 81,875.00 -1.60%
1997 83,205.00 -1.43%
1996 84,413.00 1.77%
1995 82,943.00 10.16%
1994 75,295.00 33.06%
1993 56,586.00 8.97%
1992 51,930.00 13.83%
1991 45,622.00 11.43%
1990 40,943.00 11.37%
1989 36,763.00 15.07%
1988 31,949.00 0.76%
1987 31,707.00 1.16%
1986 31,343.00 2.01%
1985 30,726.00 -1.52%
1984 31,201.00 -3.44%
1983 32,312.00 -3.27%
1982 33,404.00 -16.49%
1981 40,000.00 25.00%
1980 32,000.00 6.67%
1979 30,000.00 0.00%
1978 30,000.00 0.00%
1977 30,000.00 -14.29%
1976 35,000.00 0.00%
1975 35,000.00 0.00%
1974 35,000.00 0.00%
1973 35,000.00 0.00%
1972 35,000.00 16.67%
1971 30,000.00 -3.23%
1970 31,000.00 3.33%
1969 30,000.00 15.38%
1968 26,000.00 23.81%
1967 21,000.00 2.44%
1966 20,500.00 2.50%
1965 20,000.00 0.00%
1964 20,000.00 0.00%
1963 20,000.00 0.00%
1962 20,000.00 0.00%
1961 20,000.00 0.00%
1960 20,000.00 0.00%