Migration and Home Affairs

Eurostat: More than 410 000 first time asylum seekers registered in the third quarter of 2015

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

During the third quarter of 2015 (from July to September 2015), 413 800 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number almost double that of the second quarter of 2015. During the third quarter of 2015, the number of Syrians and Iraqis seeking international protection has more than tripled compared with the previous quarter to reach almost 138 000 and 44 500 respectively; while the number of Afghans has doubled to more than 56 500. They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States over the third quarter 2015, accounting for more than half of all first time applicants.

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