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UNHCR release Asylum Trends 2012: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries

Date Published: 22-03-2013

In 2012, an estimated 479,300 asylum applications were registered in 44 industrialized countries[1], an increase of 8 per cent over 2011. This is the second highest level in the past decade, continuing a trend of increases evident in every year but one since 2006. Only in 2003 were more asylum claims recorded (505,000).

Key findings:

  • The five largest recipients of new asylum claims among the 44 industrialized countries were:

- United States (83,400 claims)

- Germany (64,500)

- France (54,900)

- Sweden (43,900)

- United Kingdom (27,400).

  • The EU-27 registered 296,700 new asylum claims in 2012, a 7 per cent increase compared to 2011 (277,800).
  • The top 5 source country of asylum seekers in the 44 industrialized countries were:-

- Afghanistan (36,600 claims)

- Syrian Arab Republic (24,800)

- Serbia (and Kosovo[2]) (24,300)

- China (24,100)

- Pakistan (23,200).

  • Asylum seekers from the Syrian Arab Republic, Pakistan and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia levels were at a record high among the industrialized countries (22,600 claims more than in 2011).

In 2012, in Ireland less than 950 asylum applications were made to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC), the lowest level since 1995.

For more information:

See UNHCR news story

Down report: Asylum Trends 2012 Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 

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[1] EU-27, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia (and Kosovo: Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), Switzerland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and USA

[2] Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)



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