Zambia Refugee Statistics 1965-2021

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.
  • Zambia refugee statistics for 2019 was 57,518.00, a 15.32% increase from 2018.
  • Zambia refugee statistics for 2018 was 49,877.00, a 20.87% increase from 2017.
  • Zambia refugee statistics for 2017 was 41,266.00, a 40.66% increase from 2016.
  • Zambia refugee statistics for 2016 was 29,338.00, a 10.99% 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
Zambia Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2019 57,518.00 15.32%
2018 49,877.00 20.87%
2017 41,266.00 40.66%
2016 29,338.00 10.99%
2015 26,434.00 3.40%
2014 25,566.00 8.40%
2013 23,584.00 -8.04%
2012 25,647.00 -43.79%
2011 45,627.00 -4.65%
2010 47,853.00 -15.73%
2009 56,786.00 -31.98%
2008 83,484.00 -26.08%
2007 112,931.00 -6.09%
2006 120,253.00 -22.78%
2005 155,718.00 -10.46%
2004 173,907.00 -23.29%
2003 226,697.00 -8.13%
2002 246,765.00 -13.16%
2001 284,173.00 13.24%
2000 250,940.00 21.59%
1999 206,386.00 22.44%
1998 168,564.00 2.12%
1997 165,072.00 25.88%
1996 131,139.00 0.90%
1995 129,965.00 -7.91%
1994 141,126.00 0.00%
1993 141,126.00 -0.69%
1992 142,104.00 1.02%
1991 140,676.00 1.90%
1990 138,049.00 0.63%
1989 137,180.00 -4.45%
1988 143,568.00 -0.37%
1987 144,100.00 4.22%
1986 138,270.00 33.23%
1985 103,780.00 7.57%
1984 96,480.00 -6.33%
1983 103,000.00 15.59%
1982 89,110.00 119.70%
1981 40,560.00 11.40%
1980 36,410.00 -37.00%
1979 57,790.00 -26.98%
1978 79,140.00 21.94%
1977 64,900.00 90.49%
1976 34,070.00 -5.49%
1975 36,050.00 -10.83%
1974 40,430.00 8.36%
1973 37,310.00 49.24%
1972 25,000.00 47.06%
1971 17,000.00 6.25%
1970 16,000.00 26.58%
1969 12,640.00 -4.17%
1968 13,190.00 23.16%
1967 10,710.00 70.27%
1966 6,290.00 25.80%
1965 5,000.00 25.80%