CGRS publishes asylum statistics for August 2014

Every month, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless persons (CGRS) publishes a document providing the statistics on asylum applications and first instance decisions.

  • In August 2014, 1,580 asylum applications were registered in Belgium. This is an increase with 6% compared to the month before.
  • Of those 1,580 asylum applications, 429 (or 27.2% of the total number of applications) were subsequent applications.
  • The most important country of origin in August 2014 was Syria with 262 applications (16.6%), followed by Eritrea (9.1%) and Afghanistan (7%).
  • In July, the CGRS has taken 1,205 asylum decisions, including decisions on subsequent applications. There were 314 decisions to grant the refugee status and 101 decisions to grant subsidiary protection status.
  • At the end of July, the total workload of the CGRS was 5,500 cases. 3,900 cases can be seen as a normal workload. Consequently, the actual backlog is 1,600 cases.


In contradiction to Eurostat statistics, these CGRS-statistics do not include accompanied children.
These statistics can also be consulted on the website of the CGRS, where the statistics of previous months and years are also available.

Publication Date: Mon 08 Sep 2014
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