Asylum applications : increasing trend confirmed during 2016

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 21 December 2016 – On the 15th of December, Eurostat published new statistics on the evolution of number of asylum applications registered in the EU in the third quarter of 2016.

As foreseen by the observations of the two previous quarters, for 6 months and despite all dissuasive measures taken by the EU and the drop of arrivals in October (according to EASO data), the number of asylum requests is not diminished[1] (1). The drop registered at the beginning of 2016 was only temporary, and, compared to the first semester of 2015, on average higher levels can be observed.

358 300 applications for international protection lodged during the third quarter denote an increase of 17% in comparison to the previous quarter, bringing the total number of applications registered between January and September 2016 to 950 000.


January – March 2016

April – June 2016

July – September 2016

Registered Asylum Applications

287 100

305 700

358 300


The relation between the number of requests lodged and the EU population can only confirm this increasing trend: 565/1 million at the first quarter; 599 at the second quarter; 702 at the third quarter.

The main countries of origin remain, in  order of numbers, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq; the nationals of these three countries represent more than half of all first time applicants. Since January, Germany has registered the highest number of applications lodged in the EU; during the third quarter two-thirds applied for asylum in this country.

Finally, Eurostat highlights that these new applications must be added to the number of cases still under process by the national authorities of EU Member States. As a result, the asylum applications still pending have only increased during 2016: 1 million at the first quarter, 1.1 million at the second and 1.2 million at the third quarter. This number raises concerns as it translates the workload of national systems. To remind: for the same period of 2015 the number of people waiting for a first-instance decision was 866 000.

Read Eurostat press release, “Number of first time asylum seekers up to almost 360 000 in the third quarter of 2016”, 15 December 2016


To know more, see:

  • EASO : Latest asylum trends [ENG]

The Agency presents monthly statistics with regard to both the latest asylum applications registered and the decisions of protection. It seems then that, for October, the subsidiary protection tends to supplant the protection status (56% against 44%).

Refugee/Migrants Response – Mediterranean : overview of arrivals in the Mediterranean

Weekly Report – Europe : weekly bulletin on the asylum situation in Europe

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