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Having peaked in 1992 (672 thousand applications in the EU-15) and again in 2001 (424 thousand applications in the EU-27), the number of asylum applications within the EU-27 fell in successive years to just below 200 thousand by 2006. Focusing just on applications from citizens of non-member countries, as shown in Figure 1, there was a gradual increase in the number of asylum applications within the EU-27 and later the EU-28 through to 2012, after which the rate of change quickened considerably as the number of asylum seekers rose to 431 thousand in 2013 and 626 thousand in 2014; this was the highest number of asylum applicants within the EU since the peak in 1992.More ...