Sri Lanka Refugee Statistics 1991-2021

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.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2019 was 1,041.00, a 30.78% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2018 was 796.00, a 2.93% decline from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2017 was 820.00, a 36.21% increase from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka refugee statistics for 2016 was 602.00, a 22.92% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
West Bank and Gaza 2,319,073.00
Pakistan 1,419,596.00
Sudan 1,055,489.00
Bangladesh 854,779.00
Kenya 438,899.00
Cameroon 406,259.00
Egypt 258,391.00
India 195,103.00
Mauritania 84,901.00
Zambia 57,518.00
Nigeria 54,157.00
Angola 25,793.00
Congo, Rep. 25,668.00
Djibouti 19,639.00
Ghana 11,946.00
Indonesia 10,287.00
Papua New Guinea 9,698.00
Morocco 6,642.00
Ukraine 2,166.00
Tunisia 1,732.00
Georgia 1,355.00
Sri Lanka 1,041.00
Eswatini 940.00
Bolivia 863.00
Philippines 680.00
Moldova 417.00
Kyrgyz Republic 347.00
Nicaragua 322.00
Lesotho 143.00
Honduras 75.00
El Salvador 48.00
Uzbekistan 13.00
Sri Lanka Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2019 1,041.00 30.78%
2018 796.00 -2.93%
2017 820.00 36.21%
2016 602.00 -22.92%
2015 781.00 53.74%
2014 508.00 255.24%
2013 143.00 31.19%
2012 109.00 -41.71%
2011 187.00 -16.52%
2010 224.00 -10.76%
2009 251.00 -7.38%
2008 271.00 47.28%
2007 184.00 13.58%
2006 162.00 52.83%
2005 106.00 76.67%
2004 60.00 130.77%
2003 26.00 18.18%
2002 22.00 69.23%
2001 13.00 8.33%
2000 12.00 -33.33%
1999 18.00 -28.00%
1998 25.00 19.05%
1997 21.00 90.91%
1996 11.00 -8.33%
1995 12.00 9.09%
1994 11.00 -42.11%
1993 19.00 -9.52%
1992 21.00 40.00%
1991 15.00 40.00%