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Asylum in the EU in the first quarter 2015 185 000 first time asylum seekers in the EU in the first quarter of 2015 Half are Kosovars, Syrians or Afghans

Brussels, 18 June 2015

During the first three months of 2015, 185 000 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), almost stable compared with the last quarter of 2014 but up by 86% compared with the first quarter of 2014. In particular, the number of Kosovars rose considerably to reach almost 50 000. They represent the main citizenship of first time asylum applicants in the EU over the first quarter 2015, ahead of Syrians and Afghans.

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STAT/15/5221

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