Why are there Ethiopian refugees

Asylum applications and refugees from Ethiopia

13,926 people from Ethiopia fled in 2019 and applied for asylum in other countries. This corresponds to approx. 0.012% of all residents. The most common receiving countries were Egypt, Yemen and Somalia. Asylum seekers in South Sudan and Ireland were the most successful.

A total of 843 people from Ethiopia fled to Germany. With 147 positive decisions, 18.97 percent of all new applications were accepted.

In a second table below you will also find the refugees who came from abroad and applied for asylum in Ethiopia.

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Development of asylum applications from citizens from Ethiopia 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 refugees from Ethiopia

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addition, asylum proceedings can also be discontinued if the applicant can no longer be found or if the application is withdrawn.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 by foreign refugees in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is not just a country from which many people are fleeing. People also come from other countries and hope for a better future here. In 2019 alone, there were 50 asylum applications from refugees from other countries. The asylum seekers from Eritrea were the most successful.


Share of immigrants in the population from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 there were 1,072,949 immigrants in Ethiopia. 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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