Seeking asylum is the normal way to apply for protection as a refugee. Australia also resettles refugees from overseas, but this is a different strategy for different circumstances. It does not mean that resettlement is the better or 'right' way to come. In fact, before a person can be resettled they usually must first seek asylum through UNHCR.
- UNHCR has identified 1,428,011 refugees will need resettlement in 2019
- Overwhelmingly, those who need resettlement come from Africa (664,037 people, 46.5%) and the Middle East and North Africa (648,850 people, 45.4%)
- The proportion of people living in Africa who need resettlement is increasing, with 629,744 people needing resettlement. The numbers in both the Middle East and Europe have grown significantly in the past four years.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) publishes every year its estimates of how many people need to be resettled. This page identifies some of the key statistics from the Global Resettlement Needs Report for 2019.
What are the projected global resettlement needs in 2019?
This graph shows the total resettlement needs (multi-year) by region of asylum from 2011 onwards. This is the estimate by UNHCR of how many people need to be resettled from each region in which they are living.
This graph shows where people who need resettlement come from (their region of origin). There are very high needs for resettlement in both Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Where do they come from?
This graph shows the number of people estimated to need resettlement from the top 10 countries from origin.
Where are they living now?
This graph shows the top 10 countries which are hosting people who need to be resettled.