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Number of asylum applications down to pre-crisis levels

Feb 13, 2019 | News

(13 February 2019) – New figures published today by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) show for a third consecutive year that asylum applications in the EU continue to decrease.

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In 2018, 634,700 asylum applications were recorded in EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland, a 10% decrease compared to 2017 and similar to the level of the pre-crisis year 2014.

EASO’s data also show that the number of pending first instance asylum cases has decreased by almost 50% when compared to its peak in autumn 2016.

Syria remained the top country of origin for applicants, but with 25% fewer applications than in the previous year. Afghanistan and Iraq completed the top three countries of origin in 2018.

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