Figures at a Glance

2019 Asylum Trends

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2018 Asylum Trends 


Boat arrivals: 1445 – Top nationalities: Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh

Asylum applications: 2045 –  Syria, Somalia and Libya

Top nationalities with International Protection: Libya, Syria and Eritrea

Arrivals to Malta from 2015 until summer 2018 had mainly been regular arrivals, with disembarkations of boats in the Mediterranean taking place in Italy. Then from June to December 2018 there have been over 1000  boat arrivals. While many of these people remain in Malta, a number of those arriving on boats are being transfered to other EU countries following ad hoc agreements between EU Member States.

Protection rate: Closed 51%, Refugee Status 7%, Rejected 14%, Subsidiary protection 26%, THP 2%

Top nationalities with protection: Libya, Syria and Eritrea


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2005-2015 Factsheet

2015 FactSheet

2004 – 2014 Factsheet

2014 Factsheet

2013 Factsheet

2012 Factsheet

This web page contains facts and information from the following public sources: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Malta Office of the Refugee Commissioner (RefCom), Malta Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS), Malta National Statistics Office (NSO), Malta Ministry for European Affairs, the European Commission, Eurostat, and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

While every effort has been made to ensure that all statistical information is accurately presented, for official statistics please refer to the original sources.

Statistics represent real time data as well as historic data.

Many numbers are rounded off, some also represent best estimates.

Global stats:


We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.

In a world where nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution, our work at UNHCR is more important than ever before.

Statistics and operational data

Our accurate, relevant and timely data and statistics are crucial to refugee operations. This key resource is used by all partners to respond to the needs of refugee populations.

UNHCR’s Statistics Database provides data, reports and other information essential for field operations. It also carries statistical reports on people of concern – refugeesasylum seekersreturned refugees, the internally displaced and stateless people. Detailed information on country of asylum, place of origin, gender, age, location and legal status of refugees is available. Indicators on the quality of refugee protection and UNHCR operations are increasingly being collected.

For more information, please see our Statistical Yearbooksmid-year trends and asylum trends.

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