Argentina: Refugee Population, by year
YearRefugee population,
in thousands
  • Region: Argentina
  • Time period: 2000 to 2022
  • Published: Mar 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 13, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Steady Increase in Refugee Population

The refugee population in Argentina has shown a consistent upward trend over the last decade, with an increase from 2.38 thousand in 2000 to 4.09 thousand in 2022. This growth reflects a 71.8% increase over the period, highlighting the country's growing role as a host for displaced individuals.

Acceleration in Growth Rate Post-2017

A notable acceleration in the growth rate of the refugee population occurred after 2017. Between 2017 and 2022, the population increased from 3.33 thousand to 4.09 thousand, marking a 22.8% increase in just five years. This compares to a 14.2% increase in the previous five years (2012 to 2017), indicating a significant rise in the pace at which Argentina has been receiving refugees.

Slight Fluctuations Observed in Annual Figures

While the overall trend has been upward, slight fluctuations in the refugee population have been observed. Notably, there was a temporary increase to 3.47 thousand in 2014, followed by a decrease in the subsequent year, before resuming the growth trend. Such variations underline the dynamic nature of refugee migration and resettlement patterns.

Significant Milestones in Population Growth

Argentina surpassed the 3 thousand refugee mark in 2004, with a population of 2.90 thousand reaching 3.05 thousand by the end of the year. By 2022, the refugee population crossed the 4 thousand threshold, marking significant milestones in the country's refugee acceptance and integration efforts over the years.

Highest Annual Increase in Recent Years

The most substantial annual growth in recent times was observed between 2021 and 2022, with an increase of 0.04 thousand refugees. This represents the largest year-on-year growth within the last five years, suggesting an uptick in the number of individuals seeking refuge in Argentina during this period.

Initial Decade of Moderate Growth

Between 2000 and 2010, the refugee population experienced a moderate growth of 0.88 thousand, from 2.38 thousand to 3.26 thousand. This period of steadier, more gradual increase contrasts with the more rapid expansions observed in later years, illustrating a changing landscape in global displacement and migration towards Argentina.

Comparative Analysis of Early and Recent Growth Rates

The initial five years of the provided data (2000 to 2005) saw a growth of 0.67 thousand refugees, compared to the last five years (2018 to 2022), which saw a higher growth of 0.65 thousand refugees. Despite the similar numeric growth, the proportionate increase in the latter period is notably higher due to the already larger base population, underscoring an intensifying trend in refugee inflow into Argentina.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been the trend in the refugee population in Argentina over the last decade?

The refugee population in Argentina has shown a steady increase, from 2.38 thousand in 2000 to 4.09 thousand in 2022, a 71.8% increase over the period.

What significant milestones were reached in Argentina's refugee population over the years?

Argentina surpassed the 3 thousand refugee mark in 2004 and crossed the 4 thousand threshold by 2022, marking significant progress in refugee acceptance and integration efforts.

Terms and Definitions

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. They usually seek refuge in a foreign country and are protected by international law, which guarantees their right not to be returned to a place where they face serious threats to their life or freedom.

A migrant is an individual who moves from one place to another, generally across international borders, in search of better living conditions, education, or employment opportunities. Unlike refugees, migrants can choose to return home whenever they wish.

An asylum seeker is an individual who has fled their home country due to fear of persecution for reasons like politics, religion, nationality, or belonging to a particular social group. They have made a formal application in another country for recognition as a refugee and to receive legal protection and material assistance.

Internally Displaced Person (IDP) is an individual who has been forced to flee their home but, unlike refugees, has remained within their home country's borders. They may be displaced due to similar reasons such as conflict, violence, or natural disasters.

A host country is a nation which accepts refugees and/or migrants from other countries, typically due to humanitarian reasons. They provide shelter, aid, and potentially a new place of residence to these individuals.

Repatriation refers to the return of refugees or migrants to their country of origin, often facilitated by international organizations, the host country, or the home country. This usually occurs when the circumstances that forced them to leave have changed or improved.

Persecution refers to the unfair treatment or oppressive actions inflicted on a person or group, often due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group. In the context of refugees, persecution is one of the key reasons that force these individuals to flee their home country.

Resettlement is the process by which refugees, who cannot return to their home country and face protection risks or have specific needs in the country where they first sought asylum, are transferred to a third country that has agreed to admit them as refugees and to provide long-term solutions. Resettlement is considered as a tool for providing protection and a durable solution for refugees.
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