Bhutan - 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 Bhutan was 57,989 as of 2011. As the graph below shows, over the past 20 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 112,523 in 2002 and a minimum value of 9,504 in 1991.

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:

See also:

Year Value
1991 9,504
1992 75,442
1993 85,334
1994 103,271
1995 104,750
1996 106,822
1997 108,703
1998 105,689
1999 107,595
2000 108,945
2001 110,845
2002 112,523
2003 103,978
2004 105,255
2005 106,537
2006 108,073
2007 110,598
2008 104,965
2009 89,070
2010 75,070
2011 57,989


Topic: Labor & Social Protection Indicators

Sub-Topic: Migration