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European Commission - EUROSTAT

Asylum in the EU Member States - 580 800 first-time asylum seekers registered in 2018, down by 11% compared with 2017 - Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis continued to be the top citizenships

Brussels, 14 March 2019

In 2018, 580 800 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), down by 11% compared with 2017 (654 600) and less than half of the number recorded in the peak year 2015 when 1 256 600 first-time asylum applicants were registered. The number of asylum applicants in 2018 is comparable to the level recorded in 2014, before the peaks of 2015 and 2016.

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STAT/19/1690


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