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15.12.2016 – Eurostat - Asylum in the EU Member States - Third quarter 2016

During the third quarter of 2016 (from July to September), 358 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), up by 17% compared with the second quarter of 2016 (when 305 700 first time applicants were registered). From January to September 2016, more than 950 000 first time asylum seekers were registered in the EU Member States.

With 87 900 first time applicants between July and September 2016, Syrians remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States, ahead of Afghans (62 100 first time applicants) and Iraqis (36 400). They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States over the third quarter 2016, accounting for slightly more than half of all first time applicants.

First time asylum seekers in third quarter of 2016 (300.08 ko)
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