3,127 people have been sent to Nauru or PNG as part of offshore processing arrangements since 19 July 2013. As of 21 October 2018: 1,278 people (including 52 children) are still on Nauru or PNG (note: this number is constantly changing with transfers, with the latest estimate by refugee groups being 27 children as of 5 November 2018). 415 people have been resettled in the US, and 188 people have been rejected for US resettlement as of the same date. By far the largest number of those refused are from Iran (91), although 16 Iranians have been accepted. There are 495 recognised refugees left in PNG, and 541 recognised refugees on Nauru. There are 107 families on Nauru, including 52 families with minors.
How many refugees are there in the world? Where do they come from, and where do they live? This page explores the key global refugee numbers, drawn from UNHCR’s Global Trends 2017 report and its statistical appendices. This report publishes statistics at the end of 2017 (and is published in 2018).
You can also read our analysis of that report.
How many people are forcibly displaced?
At the end of 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced reached a high of 68.5 million people. This included 25.4 million refugees under both UNHCR’s mandate and UNRWA (which looks after Palestinian refugees).
Where do they come from?
The top 10 countries of origin is headed once again by Syria and Afghanistan. However, African countries dominate the top ten countries of origin.
Where do they go?
People flee overwhelming to neighbouring countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iran (the top four) are close to major countries of origin.
This graph lists the number of refugees compared to the population of a country. The country with the largest proportionate number of refugees is Lebanon, followed by Nauru. Australia is 57th on the list.
This graph lists the number of refugees compared to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country. Most of the countries in the top 10 are in Africa. Australia is 94th on the list.
Which countries have the most asylum applications?
This graph shows the top 10 countries with asylum applications pending at the end of 2017. As developing countries which are major hosts of refugees often don’t have refugee status determination systems, this list is dominated by developed countries.