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EUROSTAT: Asylum in the EU Member States; Record number of over 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in 2015; Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis: top citizenships

04/03/2016

In 2015, 1 255 600 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number more than double that of the previous year. The number of Syrians seeking international protection has doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year to reach 362 800, while the number of Afghans has almost quadrupled to 178 200 and that of Iraqis has multiplied by 7 to 121 500. They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States in 2015, accounting for more than half of all first time applicants.

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  • STAT/16/581: Asylum in the EU Member States - Record number of over 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in 2015 - Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis: top citizenships

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