Malawi: Refugee population

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 Malawi

Refugee population

 Latest value 35,162
 Year 2022
 Measure refugees
 Data availability 1986 - 2022
 Average 160,152
 Min - Max 278 - 1,058,498
 Source United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For that indicator, we provide data for Malawi from 1986 to 2022. The average value for Malawi during that period was 160152 refugees with a minimum of 278 refugees in 1997 and a maximum of 1058498 refugees in 1992. The latest value from 2022 is 35162 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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Recent values chart
Malawi - Refugee population - Recent values chart

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Malawi - Refugee population - historical chart - 1986-2022




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.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 20.41 2022 million
 Percent urban population 17.98 2022 percent
 Population density 211 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 2.61 2022 percent
 Percent children 42.59 2022 percent
 Percent female population 51.36 2022 percent
 Rural population, percent 82.02 2022 percent
 Age dependency ratio 82.49 2022 percent
 Refugee population 35,162 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 1 2015 percent
 Population growth 2.56 2022 percent
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