Lesotho: Refugee population

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 Lesotho

Refugee population

 Latest value 251
 Year 2022
 Measure refugees
 Data availability 1970 - 2022
 Average 2,590
 Min - Max 29 - 11,850
 Source United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For that indicator, we provide data for Lesotho from 1970 to 2022. The average value for Lesotho during that period was 2590 refugees with a minimum of 29 refugees in 2013 and a maximum of 11850 refugees in 1984. The latest value from 2022 is 251 refugees. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 158 countries is 221467 refugees. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Lesotho - Refugee population - Recent values chart

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Lesotho - Refugee population - historical chart - 1970-2022




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 asylum is the country where an asylum claim was filed and granted.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 2.31 2022 million
 Percent urban population 29.94 2022 percent
 Population density 75 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 4.22 2023 percent
 Percent children 33.84 2023 percent
 Percent female population 50.68 2023 percent
 Rural population, percent 69.58 2023 percent
 Age dependency ratio 61.75 2022 percent
 Refugee population 251 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 0 2015 percent
 Population growth 1.06 2022 percent
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