Malaysia Refugee Statistics 1977-2021

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.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2020 was 129,924.00, a 0.63% increase from 2019.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2019 was 129,107.00, a 6.43% increase from 2018.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2018 was 121,305.00, a 16.82% increase from 2017.
  • Malaysia refugee statistics for 2017 was 103,837.00, a 12.55% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
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
Malaysia Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2020 129,924.00 0.63%
2019 129,107.00 6.43%
2018 121,305.00 16.82%
2017 103,837.00 12.55%
2016 92,259.00 -2.02%
2015 94,161.00 -5.24%
2014 99,373.00 1.92%
2013 97,504.00 8.13%
2012 90,173.00 4.04%
2011 86,675.00 6.33%
2010 81,518.00 23.27%
2009 66,127.00 80.34%
2008 36,667.00 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%