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New Eurostat figures show the number of asylum applicants registered in the EU27 remained stable around 260,000 in 2010

Date Published: 01-04-2011

A Eurostat release shows that there was a slight decrease in asylum applicants during 2010 with 257,800 asylum applicants registered in the EU27 in comparison to 264,000 asylum applicants during 2009. It is estimated that around 90% of these were new applicants and around 10% were repeat applicants. Overall, the main countries of citizenship of applicants were Afghanistan (20,600 or 8% of the total number of applicants), Russia (18,500 or 7%), Serbia (17,700 or 7%), Iraq (15,800 or 6%) and Somalia (14,400 or 6%).

Key findings for Ireland:

  • Figures for Ireland show that 1,940 applicants applied for asylum during 2010.
  • The majority (53.2%) were between 18-34 years, followed by 0-13 years (25.5%), 35-64 years (17.1%) and 14-17 years (4.1%).
  • The main countries of citizenship of applicants in Ireland were Nigeria (385 or 20% of the total number of applicants), China (230 or 12%), Pakistan (200 or 10%), DR Congo (70 or 4%) and Afghanistan (70 or 4%).
  • A total of 1,600 first instance decisions were made on asylum applications, with 25 positive decisions related to declaration as a refugee, providing a positive determination rate of 2% at first instance. A further 5 cases related to positive subsidiary protection status.

All figures are rounded.

For more information:

See Eurostat release (29 March 2011)

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