Over 500,000 asylum requests in EU Jan-Sept 2019

Most of the requests by Syrians, Afghans, and Venezuelans

19 November, 16:48

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, NOVEMBER 19 - Over half a million asylum requests were filed in EU and Schengen area states in the first nine months of 2019. This figure is 10% more than those filed in the same period of the previous year. These data were published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

    Some 34% of the requests were granted in January to September 2019, up from 33% last year. Most of the requests were filed by Syrians, Afghans, and Venezuelans. The data show that countries that are less densely populated are subjected to greater pressure. For example, in July most of the requests were filed in Cyprus and Malta, followed by Greece, Sweden, and Luxembourg. Since this spring, Cyprus has received an average of 1,500 asylum requests per million inhabitants, almost double that of Malta (700), and three times that of Greece (over 450).

    At the end of September, some 507,800 asylum requests had not yet been assessed, while 381,700 were awaiting the result of an appeals procedure, resulting in 890,000 cases still pending.

    (ANSAmed).

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