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Global resettlement statistics

What is resettlement?

Many refugees cannot go home safely. There may still be conflict, wars, or persecution if they return. Many also cannot live safely in the country where they are now living, or have needs that cannot be met in that country.

For these people, they may need to move to another country for their protection. This is called ‘resettlement’. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the main international body responsible for ‘resettling’ refugees.

Learn about resettlement

This page draws on UNHCR statistics to tell us where refugees who are being resettled are coming from, and where they are  resettled to. It also tells us how many people need resettlement, and where they live.

However, it is important to know that the resettlement data on this page only includes data for resettlement where UNHCR is involved in some way. Australia, for example, resettles more than two-thirds of people under its Humanitarian Program without using UNHCR referral processes, so the numbers reported here will not match reported totals by the Australian Government.

Australia and UNHCR referrals

This page now includes the information previously published under ‘Global resettlement needs’. Its main source is UNHCR’s Resettlement Data Finder, with these queries last updated on 9 March 2024 with data including January 2024. Previously, data from UNHCR’s Projected Resettlement Needs series was included, but in 2023 the format of the reporting has changed so these are no longer included. Instead, you can see UNHCR’s interactive charts for its projected resettlement needs. The graphs on this page are interactive – you can hover over the graphs to see the numbers, and zoom the maps. You can also get these charts on Datawrapper River. The sources and data are linked under each graph.

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