Welcome to the UNHCR Population Statistics Database. The database currently contains data about UNHCR's populations of concern from the year 2000 up to 2012 and you can use it to investigate different aspects of these populations: their general composition by location of residence or origin, their status (refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, etc.), their evolution over time, and so on.

In each of the screens in the system you start by selecting the sub-set of data you are interested in, choosing one or more countries or territories of residence and/or origin. You can focus on specific types of population by checking the boxes for only those you are concerned with, and you can summarise the data by checking the boxes for only those data items by which you wish the data to be broken down.

In the Overview page, each row of data presents the information about UNHCR's populations of concern for a given year and country of residence and/or origin. Figures for the different types of population are presented across the page.

The Time Series page presents the same data as the Overview page, but arranges the figures as a yearly time series across the page.

The Demographics page presents information about persons of concern broken down by sex and age, as well as by location within the country of residence (where such information is available). Note that data broken down in this way is not always available, so it may not be possible to reconcile the figures on this page with those on the Overview and Time Series pages.

The Asylum Seekers page presents information about asylum applications in a given year and the progress of asylum seekers through the refugee status determination process.

The Quick Queries page contains a selection of links to data that are frequently requested, bypassing the need to enter specific query criteria. Note that these queries will open in a new page in your browser.

General notes

A number of statistics are not shown in this system but are displayed as asterisks (*). These represent situations where the figures are being kept confidential to protect the anonymity of persons of concern. Note that such figures are not included in any totals.

On each page you have the option to download the data you have selected to a comma-separated variable (CSV) format file, from which you can import the data into a spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel and analyse it in greater depth.

UNHCR's Field Information and Coordination Support Section is responsible for this system. If you have any questions or require further information, please email us at FICSS.