Afghanistan - Refugee population by country or territory of origin

Refugee population by country or territory of origin

The value for Refugee population by country or territory of origin in Afghanistan was 2,664,436 as of 2011. As the graph below shows, over the past 21 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 6,339,095 in 1990 and a minimum value of 2,107,519 in 2006.

Definition: Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, people recognized as refugees in accordance with the UNHCR statute, people granted refugee-like humanitarian status, and people provided temporary protection. Asylum seekers--people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers--are excluded. Palestinian refugees are people (and their descendants) whose residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. Country of origin generally refers to the nationality or country of citizenship of a claimant.

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Statistical Yearbook and data files, complemented by statistics on Palestinian refugees under the mandate of the UNRWA as published on its website. Data from UNHCR are available online at: www.unhcr.org/statistics/populationdatabase.

See also:

Year Value
1990 6,339,095
1991 6,306,301
1992 4,552,153
1993 3,374,576
1994 2,731,169
1995 2,679,133
1996 2,674,236
1997 2,676,674
1998 2,667,115
1999 2,568,243
2000 3,587,336
2001 3,809,767
2002 2,510,285
2003 2,136,043
2004 2,414,476
2005 2,166,149
2006 2,107,519
2007 3,055,698
2008 2,833,128
2009 2,887,123
2010 3,054,709
2011 2,664,436

Classification

Topic: Labor & Social Protection Indicators

Sub-Topic: Migration