A Refugee Burden Index: methodology and its application


  • Mathias Czaika




refugee burden, asylum provision


Many developing as well as developed countries provide temporary asylum to a large population of refugees and most of these host countries proclaim to be over-burdened. The effective burden a country has to shoulder is difficult to determine because it basically requests more to consider than just the absolute number of hosted refugees. This paper provides a methodology that makes refugee burdens more comparable on a cross-country basis. Taking into account different aspects of a host country’s capacity we provide a Refugee Burden Index that is based on proxy indicators representing the economic, socio-demographic, and politico-institutional environment. This methodology is applied on a sample of 174 countries revealing the extent of a globally and regionally highly unequal refugee burden-sharing pattern.

How to Cite

Czaika, M. (1). A Refugee Burden Index: methodology and its application. Migration Letters, 2(2), 101-125. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v2i2.9