West Bank and Gaza 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.
  • West Bank and Gaza refugee statistics for 2019 was 2,319,073.00, a 2.26% increase from 2018.
  • West Bank and Gaza refugee statistics for 2018 was 2,267,747.00, a 2.39% increase from 2017.
  • West Bank and Gaza refugee statistics for 2017 was 2,214,783.00, a 2.62% increase from 2016.
  • West Bank and Gaza refugee statistics for 2016 was 2,158,274.00, a 2.58% increase 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
West Bank and Gaza Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2019 2,319,073.00 2.26%
2018 2,267,747.00 2.39%
2017 2,214,783.00 2.62%
2016 2,158,274.00 2.58%
2015 2,104,001.00 2.58%
2014 2,051,096.00 2.84%
2013 1,994,493.00 2.57%
2012 1,944,544.00 2.61%
2011 1,895,043.00 2.89%
2010 1,841,769.00 -2.30%
2009 1,885,188.00 2.67%
2008 1,836,123.00 2.35%
2007 1,793,901.00 3.14%
2006 1,739,266.00 3.17%
2005 1,685,851.00 3.11%
2004 1,634,952.00 2.96%
2003 1,587,920.00 3.61%
2002 1,532,589.00 3.32%
2001 1,483,394.00 3.81%
2000 1,428,891.00 3.19%
1999 1,384,655.00 2.70%
1998 1,348,288.00 3.05%
1997 1,308,438.00 3.00%
1996 1,270,333.00 3.70%
1995 1,224,996.00 3.92%
1994 1,178,777.00 5.50%
1993 1,117,275.00 5.86%
1992 1,055,436.00 6.88%
1991 987,508.00 6.03%
1990 931,338.00 5.03%
1989 886,736.00 3.51%
1988 856,639.00 3.40%
1987 828,482.00 2.42%
1986 808,938.00 2.01%
1985 792,997.00 2.22%
1984 775,798.00 5.01%
1983 738,797.00 2.19%
1982 722,965.00 2.16%
1981 707,689.00 1.47%
1980 697,453.00 1.70%
1979 685,793.00 1.95%
1978 672,664.00 2.51%
1977 656,181.00 2.30%
1976 641,403.00 1.56%
1975 631,554.00 2.43%
1974 616,545.00 1.49%
1973 607,485.00 -0.12%
1972 608,237.00 1.94%
1971 596,684.00 1.96%
1970 585,231.00 0.90%
1969 580,025.00 0.54%
1968 576,889.00 95.53%
1967 295,040.00 -5.39%
1966 311,846.00 3.30%
1965 301,879.00 3.02%
1964 293,024.00 3.26%
1963 283,782.00 3.93%
1962 273,038.00 2.87%
1961 265,430.00 2.81%
1960 258,165.00 2.81%