Sri Lanka - 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 Sri Lanka was 136,617 as of 2011. As the graph below shows, over the past 21 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 209,349 in 1991 and a minimum value of 91,845 in 1993.

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 208,271
1991 209,349
1992 128,115
1993 91,845
1994 114,456
1995 107,589
1996 109,578
1997 122,287
1998 114,976
1999 96,279
2000 124,160
2001 122,420
2002 132,999
2003 122,010
2004 114,053
2005 108,139
2006 116,966
2007 134,952
2008 137,752
2009 145,721
2010 141,074
2011 136,617

Classification

Topic: Labor & Social Protection Indicators

Sub-Topic: Migration