EU+ receives 43% fewer asylum applications in 2017

New figures published today by EASO show a significant decrease in the number of asylum applications made in the EU in 2017.

Some of the key figures published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) today:

  • In 2017, EU+ countries recorded 706,913 asylum applications. This is a decrease of 43% compared to 2016, and the second consecutive year with fewer applications after the unprecedented influx in 2015 and 2016.  Despite this decrease, the 2017 total remained at a slightly higher level than the number of applications lodged in 2014.

  • In the EU+ as a whole, monthly applications remained stable throughout the year. The stable trend at EU+ level, however, conceals stark variations at a country level.  

  • About 55,000 applications, or 8% of the total, were repeated applications by persons who had already lodged an application previously in the same EU+ country.  At least 3.5 % of all applications concerned unaccompanied minors (UAM).   

  • Syria was the most common country of origin of applicants for the fifth consecutive year, with more than 98,000 applications, followed by Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. These four main countries of origin together constituted one in three applications throughout the EU+ in 2017.  The top ten countries of origin also included Pakistan, Eritrea, Albania, Bangladesh, Guinea and Iran.

EASO also launched an interactive portal containing information and data relating to asylum trends in the EU+.

For more information, see EASO’s press release.

Publication Date: Thu 01 Feb 2018
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