Costa Rica Refugee Statistics 1972-2021

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.
  • Costa Rica refugee statistics for 2020 was 9,648.00, a 55.51% increase from 2019.
  • Costa Rica refugee statistics for 2019 was 6,204.00, a 36.92% increase from 2018.
  • Costa Rica refugee statistics for 2018 was 4,531.00, a 1.16% increase from 2017.
  • Costa Rica refugee statistics for 2017 was 4,479.00, a 7.62% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Turkey 3,652,362.00
Jordan 3,009,517.00
Lebanon 1,349,955.00
Iran 800,025.00
China 303,410.00
Iraq 270,392.00
Malaysia 129,924.00
Armenia 107,930.00
Ecuador 104,652.00
Algeria 97,671.00
Thailand 96,214.00
South Africa 76,754.00
Venezuela 68,119.00
Brazil 59,147.00
Mexico 45,469.00
Serbia 26,130.00
Bulgaria 21,168.00
Russia 20,325.00
Costa Rica 9,648.00
Bosnia 5,257.00
Peru 4,327.00
Libya 4,184.00
Romania 3,631.00
Namibia 3,588.00
Belarus 2,915.00
Paraguay 1,701.00
Azerbaijan 1,582.00
Nauru 1,084.00
Colombia 997.00
Botswana 637.00
Gabon 482.00
Guatemala 462.00
Kazakhstan 445.00
North Macedonia 314.00
Cuba 232.00
Montenegro 176.00
Dominican Republic 172.00
Albania 115.00
Guyana 33.00
Jamaica 32.00
Belize 29.00
Suriname 24.00
Turkmenistan 20.00
Mauritius 20.00
Fiji 14.00
Grenada 5.00
Costa Rica Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 9,648.00 55.51%
2019 6,204.00 36.92%
2018 4,531.00 1.16%
2017 4,479.00 7.62%
2016 4,162.00 15.51%
2015 3,603.00 -82.62%
2014 20,726.00 0.84%
2013 20,554.00 0.58%
2012 20,435.00 1.95%
2011 20,044.00 2.86%
2010 19,486.00 2.02%
2009 19,101.00 5.42%
2008 18,119.00 5.49%
2007 17,176.00 49.16%
2006 11,515.00 2.33%
2005 11,253.00 8.07%
2004 10,413.00 -22.91%
2003 13,508.00 8.65%
2002 12,433.00 53.42%
2001 8,104.00 46.84%
2000 5,519.00 -75.90%
1999 22,903.00 -0.36%
1998 22,986.00 -0.55%
1997 23,114.00 -0.27%
1996 23,176.00 -4.33%
1995 24,226.00 -1.64%
1994 24,630.00 -0.82%
1993 24,834.00 -78.29%
1992 114,392.00 -2.64%
1991 117,492.00 -57.46%
1990 276,210.00 -0.93%
1989 278,800.00 0.00%
1988 278,800.00 782.28%
1987 31,600.00 1.28%
1986 31,200.00 30.00%
1985 24,000.00 41.93%
1984 16,910.00 0.00%
1983 16,910.00 3.36%
1982 16,360.00 9.07%
1981 15,000.00 49.11%
1980 10,060.00 -45.94%
1979 18,610.00 -86.01%
1978 133,000.00 3700.00%
1977 3,500.00 1650.00%
1974 200.00 -71.43%
1972 700.00 -71.43%