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Asylum Approval Rate by Country 2024

In 2023, worldwide displacement remains a serious issue and finds millions seeking safety and asylum in other nations every year. Experts look at several statistics when assessing a country’s average response to refugees and asylum seekers, but asylum approval rate is considered to be one of the most reliable.

Here’s a closer look at how asylum approval rates stack up around the world as of 2023, as well as a brief look at some additional factors that may influence one country’s approval rate as compared to another’s.

Countries with the Highest Asylum Approval Rates

In 2023, several different events and emergencies found people from all over the world fleeing in search of asylum. (One key example is the war in Ukraine.) The following are some of the world nations with the highest asylum approval rates in 2023.

Turkey

Turkey led the pack in 2023 by quite a bit with a total of 322,188 asylum seekers approved for hosting. However, Turkey is also famous for consistently hosting the highest number of international refugees worldwide – approximately 3.6 million people – with many coming into the country from Syria.

Other Nations

In 2023, Jordan hosted around 48,368 refugees and asylum seekers. Uganda and Pakistan also hosted quite a few with 23,126 and 10,192 respectively. Other countries that approved relatively high numbers of asylum seekers in relation to their populations include Lebanon, Germany, Iran, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.

Factors That May Affect National Asylum Approval Rates

The contributing factors that might cause one country to have a higher asylum approval rate than another include examples like the following.

Established Resettlement Programs

Countries with dedicated, well-established resettlement programs are generally more likely to have higher approval rates, as they also have corresponding quotas. Examples of nations with such programs in place include but are not limited to Canada, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, Germany, and Italy.

Policy Shifts

Politics and governments play crucial roles in how statistics like asylum approval rates ultimately shake out. Leadership changes, changing national political ideologies, and various amendments to existing immigration policies are just a few examples of factors that can drastically shift a country’s approach to asylum seekers.

Security Concerns

Under circumstances that have a country’s people and leaders more concerned than usual for national security, asylum approval rates could shift as a result. This may or may not correlate to an asylum seeker’s country of origin.

- Asylum rates for Fiscal Year 2023. Data generated on July 13, 2023. Administrative closures are not reported due to the low rate of occurrence in most countries
- The Grants category includes completed removal, deportation, exclusion, and asylum-only proceedings (both affirmative and defensive applications). Initial case completions only
- The Other category includes cases that were abandoned, granted WCAT, not adjudicated, or withdrawn. Additional 'other' scenarios may exist.

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Country
Asylum Grant %
Asylum Denial %
Asylum Other %
Asylum Grants
Asylum Denials
Asylum Other
Eritrea79%16%5%136279
Belarus75%8%17%1862042
Ethiopia71%4%25%1951168
Myanmar68%13%19%601117
Tajikistan67%8%24%33412
Nepal65%13%22%482100161
Albania61%10%28%1512570
Russia60%10%30%1,126188569
Cameroon60%13%28%28160130
Bangladesh58%16%27%594161276
Egypt58%5%37%17016107
Sudan58%11%31%41822
Iran56%8%36%1051567
Moldova56%15%29%671834
China55%12%32%2,6815901,569
Afghanistan54%14%32%681841
Uzbekistan54%15%31%19453111
Georgia54%10%37%1011869
Uganda52%6%42%56745
Syria51%17%32%1033465
Mauritania51%14%35%391127
Ukraine50%3%47%28716273
Tunisia50%18%32%1147
Iraq49%12%39%1243097
Kyrgyzstan49%14%38%661951
India47%22%31%1,9209051,280
Kazakhstan47%12%41%631654
Guinea47%18%35%602344
Ivory Coast44%5%51%39445
Burkina Faso44%12%44%792178
Rwanda44%17%39%24921
DR Congo43%16%41%652562
Turkey43%30%27%343237212
Republic of the Congo43%11%47%32835
Angola42%22%36%462439
Ghana42%13%44%882893
Azerbaijan42%20%38%291426
Bhutan40%25%35%857
Yemen39%11%51%22629
Nigeria38%18%44%389181456
Somalia38%29%34%453440
Lebanon38%11%51%28837
Pakistan37%19%44%18293216
Vietnam37%17%46%552569
Mali37%7%56%20430
Libya37%33%30%1098
Sri Lanka36%10%54%441267
Turkmenistan35%35%29%665
Indonesia34%10%56%9128150
Tanzania33%33%33%444
Sierra Leone33%14%53%16726
Morocco32%26%42%658
Venezuela29%10%60%2,1657734,483
Senegal25%19%56%292366
Mongolia25%9%65%24962
Nicaragua24%25%51%7417761,573
Armenia24%7%69%16348459
Kenya22%22%56%262667
Panama22%18%61%11931
Zimbabwe20%20%61%8825
Togo20%20%59%131338
Colombia19%40%42%6001,2861,357
Niger19%14%68%7525
Jordan18%14%68%2922106
Thailand16%24%60%4615
Gambia14%25%61%71331
Jamaica13%39%47%247185
Peru12%37%51%174531747
Ecuador11%35%54%8312,5643,971
Brazil10%35%55%5511,9483,067
South Africa10%52%39%63224
El Salvador10%16%75%2,2633,73917,649
Romania9%24%67%47130361
Chile8%15%77%4380408
Guatemala8%18%74%1,8753,98916,685
Honduras7%22%71%1,4894,35114,093
Guyana7%14%79%4844
Bolivia6%23%71%41546
Belize6%30%64%52656
Haiti5%9%86%1803673,395
Dominican Republic5%29%66%17106243
Cuba5%3%92%3121955,536
Mexico4%16%80%6082,43011,843
Costa Rica4%6%89%4685
Philippines3%10%87%520174
Japan 6
Germany 4
Italy 5
South Korea 26
Spain 5
Algeria 1112
Argentina 1027
Poland 81
Saudi Arabia 1920
Malaysia 741
Taiwan 5
Zambia 4
Chad 6
Cambodia 5
Benin 67
Burundi 105
Czech Republic 6
Greece 4
Portugal 7
Hungary 13
United Arab Emirates 6
Israel 17
Laos 613
Serbia 5
Paraguay 7
Bulgaria 66
Slovakia 5
Liberia 1336
Norway 4
Palestine 611
Ireland 46
Uruguay 32
Bosnia and Herzegovina 48
Namibia 5
Gabon 6
North Macedonia 5
Latvia 4
Equatorial Guinea 511
Trinidad and Tobago 26
Estonia 5
Djibouti 7
Fiji 10
Suriname 9
Montenegro 13
Bahamas 9
Guadeloupe 8
Grenada 8
Micronesia 6
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Which country approved the most asylum applications?

Turkey hosted the most asylum seekers in the world, with 3,696,831 refugees.

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