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Asylum applications and refugees in Spain

According to the UNHCR, 118,088 asylum applications were submitted by refugees in Spain in 2019. Most of them came from Venezuela, Colombia and Honduras. A total of 16,564 decisions were made on initial applications. Around 10% of these were answered positively. 90 percent of asylum applications were rejected in the first instance. Most successful were the applications from refugees from Jamaica and Eritrea.

In a second table below you will also find the refugees who fled Spain and applied for asylum in other countries.

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Spain from 2000 to 2019

The top line shows the total number of asylum applications (initial applications + follow-up applications). Below that follow the number of refugees admitted (green) and the number of rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Spain

The total number of first and follow-up applications relates to the year 2019. Please note that the number of decisions (i.e. acceptances or rejections) does not have to match this, as there may be pending asylum applications from previous years. Also, not all applications have to be finally processed within a calendar year. In addition, asylum proceedings can also be discontinued if the applicant can no longer be found or if the application is withdrawn.

Asylum applications from refugees from Spain

Spain is one of the few countries to which not only refugees immigrate. In 2019 alone, there were 62 asylum applications for citizens from Spain in foreign countries. The applications in Canada were the most successful.

Share of immigrants in the population from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 there were 5,852,953 immigrants in Spain. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The number also includes recognized refugees, but not yet asylum seekers. The information is based on the one hand on the results of censuses and on the other on projections by the United Nations Population Department. (Values ​​of the graph in millions of immigrants)

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