Annual Number of New Asylum Applications, by Country of Asylum or Country of Origin, 1995-2015

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Annual Number of New Asylum Applications, by Country of Asylum or Country of Origin, 1995-2015

This map illustrates the global distribution of new asylum applications by country of filing and applicants' country of origin, using data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The darker the color, the more new asylum applications a destination country received or the more applications were submitted from a particular origin country per year. Scroll over the given country to view the new application statistics. Use the year slider above the map to view the global distribution over time. The default year is 2015. The chart below the map shows the trend data in new asylum applications for a select country. The default country displayed is Mexico. Click on a country of interest on the map to view how the number of applications changed between 1995 and 2015.

Notes: 
  1. Data shown here do not represent the number of people granted asylum status. Asylum recognition rates vary significantly by country of destination and of origin.
  2. In countries with more than one level in the asylum application procedure (first application instance, appeal, reviews, etc.), data represent the sum of applications across all procedures. As a result, appeal cases, for example, might be counted more than once (at first instance and then on appeal).
  3. Data prior to 2000 cover only select countries of asylum (i.e., mostly industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). These data also show only applications submitted by origin countries in these industrialized countries.
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Data for 2006 to 2014 are from Migration Policy Institute (MPI) tabulation of data from UNHCR, Statistical Yearbook (Geneva: UNHCR, various years), www.unhcr.org/en-us/search?comid=56b07b944&&scid=49aea93a5b&tid=49ec6f1727; data for 2000 to 2005 and 2015 are from MPI tabulation of data from the UNHCR Statistical Online Population Database, data extracted on August 15, 2016, http://popstats.unhcr.org/en/overview; data for 1995 to 1999 are from MPI tabulation of data from UNHCR, Statistical Yearbook 2004 (Geneva: UNHCR, 2005), www.unhcr.org/en-us/statistics/country/44e96c842/unhcr-statistical-yearbook-2004.html.