Eurostat: 132 Percent Increase in Asylum Seekers in Greece



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Eurostat notes that there has been a 132 percent increase in asylum seekers in Greece in the second quarter.

Citizens of 148 countries sought asylum for the first time in the EU in the second quarter of 2016. Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis were the top three citizenships of asylum seekers, lodging 90,500, 50,300 and 34,300 applications respectively.

Of the 90,500 Syrians who applied for the first time for asylum in the EU in the second quarter of 2016 almost 80 percent were registered in Germany (71,800). Similarly, 65 percent of Afghanis (32,600) and 81 percent of Iraqis (27,800) seeking asylum protection for the first time in the EU applied as well in Germany during the second quarter of 2016. Syrians and Afghanis each were the main citizenship of asylum seekers in 8 EU Member States.

The highest number of first time asylum applicants in the second quarter of 2016 was registered in Germany (with more than 186,700 first time applicants, or 61 percent of total applicants in the EU Member States), followed by Italy (27,000, or 9 percent), France (17,800, or 6 percent), Hungary (14,900, or 5 percent) and Greece (12,000, or 4 percent). These 5 Member States together account for 85 percent of all first time applicants in the EU28.

Trends in number of asylum applicants vary from country to country in the second quarter of 2016. Germany (with 101,700 more applicants) was the country with the largest absolute increase in the number of first time applicants, followed by Italy and Greece (12,200 and 9,200 more applicants respectively). In contrast, Hungary, saw its number of asylum seekers falling notably by 17,800 less (or -54 percent), while Sweden and Austria have recorded a drop of 9,800 and 6,600 less asylum applicants (or -69 percent and -38 percent) in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter of 2015.

Greece has notably recorded the second largest relative increase of first time asylum seekers, 3 times more (or 9,200 applicants more) in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter of 2015. Croatia, despite the small number of first time applicants, has recorded the largest relative increase of 13 times more first time asylum applicants (or 300 more) in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter of 2015.