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Hajj Quota by Country 2024

Each year, Hajj pilgrims undertake one of the world’s most famous and culturally significant pilgrimages – the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Mecca is famous for being the birthplace of Islam and is widely accepted as the place where Mohammed first received Allah’s sacred revelations. Muslims around the world turn to face Mecca when they pray, and it is considered very important that Islamic devotees complete a Hajj pilgrimage at once over the course of a lifetime.

However, the sheer number of people who do this each year requires Saudi Arabia to set national quotas allocating a specific number of annual pilgrimage slots to each country. Here’s a look at how that breaks down from nation to nation.

Country-by-Country Hajj Quotas

In 2023, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca took place between June 26th and July 1st. During that time, millions of Muslims undertook the famous journey from various nations worldwide. Examples of the quotas assigned to different countries in 2023 include the following:

Country
Hajj Quota 2023
Indonesia221,000
Pakistan180,000
India175,025
Bangladesh127,198
Nigeria95,000
Iran87,550
Algeria41,300
Turkey37,770
Egypt35,375
Sudan32,000

Saudi Arabia assigns Hajj pilgrimage slots on a country-by-country basis according to the average size of the resident Muslim population. The more resident Muslims in a country, the more slots that country is likely to get.

However, other factors can also affect how many slots a country may receive. For instance, a fairly high number of devout Islamic devotees live in Iran. However, the political relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia remains tense, resulting in a lower designated quota than might otherwise be expected.

Typically, the highest numbers of Hajj pilgrims come to Mecca from Indonesia, with Pakistan and India coming in second and third.

Reasons for the Annual Hajj Quotas

Although Hajj quotas always vary from year to year, they remain essential for several crucial reasons. To begin with, assigning a quota to each country helps facilitate fairness, as each Muslim is encouraged to make this pilgrimage at some point during their lifetime, regardless of where they live.

The quotas also help ensure each year’s Hajj pilgrims are able to make their journey safely. Quotas help prevent the possibility of overcrowding, as well as limit the likelihood that extenuating political factors might cause problems for either the pilgrims or for Saudi Arabia.

The general idea is to welcome as many pilgrims as possible while also managing the logistics of allowing hundreds of thousands of people to flow into and out of Mecca during a short period of time.

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Country
Hajj Quota 2023
Hajj Quota 2022
Indonesia221,000100,051
Pakistan180,00081,132
India175,02579,237
Bangladesh127,19857,585
Nigeria95,00043,008
Iran87,55038,481
Algeria41,30018,697
Turkey37,77037,770
Egypt35,37535,375
Sudan32,00014,487
Malaysia31,60014,306
Russia25,00011,318
Syria22,50010,186
Ethiopia19,61919,619
Morocco15,39215,392
Iraq15,25215,252
Oman14,0006,338
Afghanistan13,58213,582
Senegal12,8005,822
United Kingdom12,34812,348
Tanzania11,47611,476
Tunisia10,9824,972
Yemen10,98110,981
Uzbekistan10,86510,865
United States9,5049,504
France9,2689,268
China9,1909,190
Mali6,0326,032
Kyrgyzstan6,000
Somalia5,2065,206
Uganda4,8714,871
Kenya4,5274,527
Cameroon4,5274,527
Kazakhstan4,5274,527
Guinea4,5274,527
Germany4,1254,125
Chad3,9973,997
Jordan3,6223,622
Kuwait3,6223,622
Palestine2,9882,988
United Arab Emirates2,8202,820
Lebanon2,7162,716
South Africa2,5001,132
Myanmar2,1732,173
Bahrain2,0942,094
Australia2,0902,090
Canada1,9511,951
Sri Lanka1,5851,585
Belgium1,4991,499
Italy1,3511,351
Sweden1,1821,182
Qatar1,0871,087
Spain970970
Singapore900407
South Sudan616616
Nepal543543
New Zealand204204
Venezuela9191
World1,371,520773,324
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Which countries have the highest number of Hajj pilgrims?

Indonesia has the highest number of Hiji pilgrims, followed by Pakistan.

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