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Asylum applications and refugees in Poland

According to the UNHCR, 2,583 asylum applications were submitted by refugees in Poland in 2019. Most of them came from Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. A total of 1,835 decisions were made on initial applications. Around 7% of these were answered positively. 93 percent of asylum applications were rejected in the first instance. Most successful were the applications from refugees from Syria and China.

In a second table below you will also find the refugees who fled Poland and applied for asylum in other countries.

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Poland from 2000 to 2019

The top line shows the total number of asylum applications (initial applications + follow-up applications). Below this is the number of refugees admitted (green) and the number of rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Poland

The total number of first and follow-up applications relates to the year 2019. Please note that the number of decisions (i.e. acceptances or rejections) does not have to match this, as there may be pending asylum applications from previous years. Also, not all applications have to be finally processed within a calendar year. In addition, asylum proceedings can also be discontinued if the applicant can no longer be found or if the application is withdrawn.


Asylum applications from refugees from Poland

Poland is one of the few countries to which not only refugees immigrate. In 2019 alone, there were 129 asylum applications for citizens from Poland in foreign countries. The applications in Canada were the most successful.


Share of immigrants in the population from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 there were 619,403 immigrants in Poland. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The number also includes recognized refugees, but not yet asylum seekers. The information is based on the one hand on the results of censuses and on the other on projections by the United Nations Population Department. (Values ​​of the graph in millions of immigrants)

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