Almost 90 000 unaccompanied minors among asylum seekers registered in the EU in 2015 (Eurostat)

The news release covers main trends on the registration of unaccompanied minors among asylum seekers in the EU in 2015.

Some key messages from the data :

  • Compared to the period 2008-2013, the number of unaccompanied minors almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.
  • A substantial majority of unaccompanied minors were males (91%) and over half were aged 16 to 17 (57%, or 50 500 persons), while those aged 14 to 15 accounted for 29% (25 800 persons) and those aged less than 14 for 13% (11 800 persons).
  • Around half (51%) of asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors in the EU in 2015 were Afghans and more than half were registered in Sweden. Afghans were followed by Syrians representing 16% of the total number of unaccompanied minors.
  • Four in ten applied for asylum in Sweden, followed by Germany (16%), Hungary (10%) and Austria (9%) which is equal to three-quarters for all applications registered.
  • The largest share of unaccompanied minors among young asylum seekers were recorded in Italy (56.6%), followed by Sweden (50.1%), United Kingdom (38.5%), the Netherlands (36.5%), Denmark (33.7%), Finland (33.2%) and Bulgaria (33.1%). In total in the EU, unaccompanied minors accounted for almost a quarter (23.0%) of all asylum applicants aged less than 18 in 2015.

Please read the full press release below and find additional press releases on the Eurostat website.

Publication Date: Mon 02 May 2016
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