Malaysia Refugee Statistics 1977-2022

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.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2021 was 132,086.00, a 1.68% increase from 2020.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2020 was 129,902.00, a 0.62% increase from 2019.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2019 was 129,102.00, a 6.43% increase from 2018.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2018 was 121,305.00, a 16.82% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Turkey 3,759,817.00
Jordan 3,047,612.00
Lebanon 1,328,541.00
Iran 798,343.00
China 303,436.00
Iraq 280,072.00
Malaysia 132,086.00
Thailand 100,510.00
Algeria 97,890.00
South Africa 75,512.00
Mexico 73,448.00
Brazil 61,956.00
Ecuador 56,603.00
Venezuela 39,328.00
Armenia 34,728.00
Serbia 25,644.00
Bulgaria 22,830.00
Russia 10,901.00
Costa Rica 10,224.00
Peru 5,790.00
Paraguay 4,484.00
Romania 4,200.00
Namibia 3,733.00
Libya 3,141.00
Belarus 2,729.00
Azerbaijan 1,676.00
Colombia 1,504.00
Nauru 953.00
Botswana 688.00
Guatemala 479.00
Kazakhstan 352.00
North Macedonia 292.00
Gabon 272.00
Bosnia 240.00
Cuba 199.00
Montenegro 175.00
Dominican Republic 162.00
Albania 109.00
Belize 86.00
Guyana 40.00
Jamaica 31.00
Suriname 29.00
Fiji 18.00
Turkmenistan 16.00
Mauritius 10.00
Malaysia Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2021 132,086.00 1.68%
2020 129,902.00 0.62%
2019 129,102.00 6.43%
2018 121,305.00 16.82%
2017 103,837.00 12.55%
2016 92,256.00 -2.02%
2015 94,158.00 -5.24%
2014 99,362.00 1.91%
2013 97,502.00 8.13%
2012 90,173.00 4.03%
2011 86,676.00 6.33%
2010 81,518.00 23.28%
2009 66,126.00 80.34%
2008 36,668.00 12.28%
2007 32,657.00 -12.11%
2006 37,158.00 10.31%
2005 33,684.00 35.28%
2004 24,900.00 235.49%
2003 7,422.00 -85.34%
2002 50,614.00 0.31%
2001 50,456.00 -0.04%
2000 50,477.00 -0.06%
1999 50,509.00 -0.19%
1998 50,603.00 858.94%
1997 5,277.00 -0.53%
1996 5,305.00 0.49%
1995 5,279.00 -0.36%
1994 5,298.00 3553.79%
1993 145.00 -98.73%
1992 11,399.00 -18.27%
1991 13,947.00 -6.16%
1990 14,862.00 -86.55%
1989 110,482.00 5.67%
1988 104,553.00 5.16%
1987 99,420.00 0.42%
1986 99,000.00 -5.99%
1985 105,310.00 -3.44%
1984 109,060.00 -1.48%
1983 110,700.00 11.55%
1982 99,240.00 -3.88%
1981 103,250.00 -0.76%
1980 104,040.00 -16.69%
1979 124,880.00 -11.80%
1978 141,580.00 47.48%
1977 96,000.00 47.48%