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Northern Ireland refugee statistics

April 2024

The Migration Justice Project at Law Centre NI has updated their briefing which outlines statistics around people coming to Northern Ireland seeking safety and sanctuary.

While the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland has increased in recent years, Northern Ireland hosts only 2.6% of all the people in the UK who are seeking sanctuary.

Our briefing looks at statistics on asylum seekers, as well as ‘safe and legal routes’ – the ways in which people are granted visas to come to or stay in the UK for humanitarian reasons. Safe and legal routes include refugee resettlement programmes and also a number of nationality-specific bespoke immigration schemes.

Most of the statistics have been obtained from Home Office datasets, which are published quarterly.  We will update our briefing regularly.

For more information, have a look at the full briefing.