Statistics

What are the facts and figures on refugees in Switzerland and the world? Get the key statistics here.

9,709 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2020 in Switzerland - according to UNHCR.

Most of them came from Eritrea, Afghanistan and from Turkey.

A total of 9,043 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 60% answered positively. 40 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from Yemen and from Djibouti.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) collects and maintains data on refugees in their Statistical Online Population Database. The refugee data does not include Palestinian refugees residing in areas under the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). However, the Palestinian refugees living outside the UNRWA areas of operation do fall under the responsibility of UNHCR and are thus included in the Statistical Online Population Database. Refugees are an important part of migrant stock. The refugee data refer to people who have crossed an international border to find sanctuary and have been granted refugee or refugee-like status or temporary protection. There are three main providers of refugee data: governmental agencies, UNHCR field offices and NGO

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Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Switzerland

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2020. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptations or rejections) does not have to sum up with the number of applications, because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also they dont have to be closed within the same calendar year. In addition, asylum procedures can also be closed, if the applicant disappeared or withdrew the application.

Information is provided by world data.com

World Total Population

7,794,798,729
Total refugees

20,313,342
Data sources: UNCHR Refugee Data, UN Population Data


Syria    6,688,996    


Afghanistan    2,594,702    


South Sudan    2,189,141    


Myanmar    1,103,154    


Congo    839,908    


Somalia    814,425    


Sudan    787,731    


Central African Republic    641,912    


Eritrea    521,925    


Burundi    372,807    


Nigeria    352,930    


Iraq    333,286    


Vietnam    316,707    


Rwanda    245,568    


Colombia    189,845    


China    188,144    


Venezuela    171,098    


Mali    164,589    


Ethiopia    151,310    


Sri Lanka    142,700    


Iran    134,738    


Pakistan    133,119    


Western Sahara    116,926    


Azerbaijan    101,510    


West Bank    100,317    


Turkey    93,589    


Cameroon    78,540    


Russia    52,535    


El Salvador    45,640    


Mauritania    37,941    


Ukraine    34,881    


Honduras    34,473    


Yemen    33,340    


Guinea    26,826    


Egypt    26,586    


Haiti    25,659    


Guatemala    24,559    


Bangladesh    18,987    


Niger    18,874    


Libya    17,530    


Burkina Faso    15,763    


Albania    15,536    


Mexico    15,408    


Senegal    14,004    


Ghana    13,877    


Indonesia    13,037    


Republic of the Congo    12,517    


India    12,423    


Cambodia    11,891    


Gambia    10,601    


Armenia    10,490    


Chad    10,483    


Cuba    8,925    


Nicaragua    8,711    


Zimbabwe    8,601    


Angola    8,246    


Togo    7,703    


Nepal    7,492    


Bosnia and Herzegovina    7,491    


Kenya    7,447    


Uganda    7,379    


Georgia    7,344    


Bhutan    6,808    


Laos    6,681    


Croatia    5,781    


Sierra Leone    5,749    


Lebanon    5,490    


Algeria    4,688    


Hungary    4,617    


Morocco    4,484    


Liberia    4,259    


Uzbekistan    3,080    


Belarus    3,060    


Kyrgyzstan    2,875    


Peru    2,854    


Kazakhstan    2,667    


Jamaica    2,518    


Jordan    2,484    


Djibouti    2,444    


Mongolia    2,284    


Tajikistan    2,224    


Moldova    2,203    


Saudi Arabia    2,024    


Ecuador    1,704    


Tunisia    1,653    


Guinea Bissau    1,643    


Brazil    1,588    


Kuwait    1,442    


Slovakia    1,368    


Romania    1,358    


Malaysia    1,078    


Poland    925    


COM    793    


VCT    742    


LCA    731    


Tanzania    709    


Chile    694    


North Korea    694    


Benin    661    


Dominican Republic    590    


Bolivia    580    


BHR    554    


Montenegro    545    


The Bahamas    544    


Bulgaria    525    


Malawi    524    


Fiji    516    


Papua New Guinea    515    


Turkmenistan    507    


South Africa    494    


Philippines    490    


Namibia    467    


Gabon    459    


Israel    398    


United States of America    369    


Trinidad and Tobago    297    


Madagascar    283    


Estonia    277    


Guyana    277    


Zambia    269    


BRB    245    


Costa Rica    233    


Botswana    206    


MUS    191    


United Arab Emirates    191    


Thailand    182    


Equatorial Guinea    170    


South Korea    156    


Latvia    153    


Argentina    139    


Paraguay    119    


ATG    118    


Greece    95    


Mozambique    91    


Canada    85    


Panama    85    


MDV    83    


Belize    78    


Germany    76    


Italy    72    


GRD    70    


Lithuania    68    


United Kingdom    67    


Netherlands    61    


DMA    60    


KNA    54    


Oman    52    


Spain    52    


France    49    


SGP    42    


Japan    40    


Qatar    38    


Solomon Islands    37    


Australia    35    


New Zealand    35    


Austria    33    


Belgium    33    


Portugal    32    


Slovenia    22    


Brunei    20    


Uruguay    20    


Suriname    17    


Cyprus    15    


Lesotho    11    


East Timor    11    


Denmark    10    


Iceland    10    


Sweden    8    


Ireland    5    


Luxembourg    5    


MCO          5    


MLT          5    


Norway    5    

Switzerland    5    

Development of incoming asylum applications in Switzerland 2000 to 2020

Development of incoming asylum applications in Switzerland 2000 to 2020

The top line on the graph represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below there are the number of recognized refugees (green) and the rejected applications (red).

*Data provided by world Data info & UNHCR

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The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2020

Data is provided by World Data.com

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