Migration and International Protection Statistics 2009 (EMN-Inform)
This EMN Inform presents a summary of the main findings of the analysis of migration and international protection statistics for the year 2009 based on contributions from 21 Member States. The statistics were compiled in accordance with the Migratory Statistics Regulation 862/2007.
- Legal migration: A total of 2.7 million people immigrated to EU Member States and Norway in 2009 and 1.6 million people emigrated from a Member State and Norway, either to another Member State or a third country. Similar trends in international migration flows from 2008 continued into 2009
- Irregular migration: The overall picture at EU level points to the continuation of a tendency of decreasing numbers of refusals at the external borders and of apprehensions. The number of third-country nationals returned following an order to leave increased by 5% when compared with 2008.
- International protection: A total of 266 400 applications for international protection were lodged in the EU Member States in 2009. Compared with a downward trend in the number of applications in the period 2004-2006, and a slight increase in 2008, the total number of applications remained largely stable in 2009.