Refugee and Asylum Seeker Populations by Country of Origin and Destination, 2000-12


Refugee and Asylum Seeker Populations by Country of Origin and Destination, 2000-12

Based on data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this map shows countries of origin and destination for two population groups: refugees and asylum seekers. Select a country of origin or destination for refugee or asylum seeker populations. Population bubbles will display over the countries based on estimated population size. The default year for the tool is 2012; by using the slider at the top, the year setting can be changed. Check out a different MPI interactive data tool to examine additional populations of UNHCR concern, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Stateless Persons.


UNHCR's Statistical Online Population Database is a work in progress and is updated from time to time; as a result, data in this tool might not always match UNHCR reports. The 2012 data should be considered provisional. For more information on sources, methods, and data considerations in the UNHCR Online Population Database, visit:

UNHCR's populations of concern include refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are protected/assisted by UNHCR, stateless persons, and returnees (returned refugees and IDPs). Refugees are those recognized under UN conventions and protocols as well as UNHCR statutes as deserving of protection; asylum seekers are those who have sought international protection and whose claims for refugee status have not yet been determined. The refugee data provided here are for those under UNHCR mandate, which excludes the estimated 4.9 million Palestinian refugees residing in areas of operation of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). For detailed definitions, visit the UNHCR Statistical Online Population Database.


Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from the UNHCR Statistical Online Population Database, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Data extracted: April 9, 2014. Available here: