Non-settled refugees

Other Names:
Refugees in transit
Refugee camps

Despite good resettlement opportunities in various countries, the number of non-settled refugees wishing to emigrate is maintained at a high level by the continued influx of new refugees. In addition, it is often difficult to resettle severely handicapped or aged refugees. There are countries where no regular emigration procedure exists and where the number of refugees involved is too small to be handled by selection missions.


200,000 refugees from Viet Nam, Laos and Kampuchea remain confined to camps stretching from Indonesia to Japan. In 1982, 49,000 new Indochinese refugees obtained temporary asylum somewhere in Southeast Asia, only half as many as the preceding year and the lowest number of arrivals since 1977. But the total for whom a durable solution has been found declined even further in 1982: 76,000 were resettled overseas against 168,500 in 1981. After five years of intense activity, resettlement of refugees in the USA is slowing down. In 1983 a total of 60,600 refugees from 20 countries were admitted to the USA, well below the 90,000 ceiling set by the President in consultation with Congress and the lowest number since 1978. The Whitehead Vietnamese Detention Centre in Hong Kong is the world's largest refugee camp (with 23,000 inmates in 1992). It is reportedly run by criminal gangs, with corruption, racketeering, physical violence and human rights deprivation routinely taking place.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST