Largest Refugee Populations by Country of Destination


Largest Refugee Populations by Country of Destination

Refugee populations are highly variable between decades, but a few countries stand out as regularly hosting large refugee communities. This map displays which countries report refugee populations greater than 500,000 in each decade since 1960 and in 2013.  Furthermore, it lists the 25 largest refugee populations by the country of destination and the refugee share of the total population.


1) For more information on the UN Population Division’s methodology to estimate the size of refugee population, click here:

2) The UN Population Division may base their population estimates on projections from data collected in earlier years. The term 'estimate year' reflects that data are aggregated from different sources and standardized.


Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2013). Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2013 Revision (United Nations database, POP/DB/MIG/Stock/Rev.2013). Available here: