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Eurostat figures show that EU Member States granted protection to more than 100,000 asylum seekers in 2012

Date Published: 26-06-2013

The latest Eurostat release shows an increase in asylum seekers granted protection in EU27 to 102,700 in 2012, compared with 84,300 in 2011. Some 51,400 (50% of all positive decisions)  persons were granted refugee status while 37,100 (36%) were granted subsidiary protection status. A total of  14,200 (14%) persons were granted leave to stay on humanitarian grounds.  A further 4,500 were received by EU27 member states as resettled refugees.

Overall, in 2012 the largest countries of citizenship of applicants granted protection status in the EU27 were Syria (18,700 or 18% of total number of persons granted protection status) Afghanistan (13,500 or 13%) and Somalia (8,100 or 8%).

The largest numbers of applicants granted protection status were registered in Germany (22,200), Sweden (15,300), the United Kingdom (14,600) and France (14,300). These four Member States accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total figure for protection status granted throughout the EU27.

Key findings for Ireland:-

  • 140 positive decisions on asylum applications were made in 2012 of which 115 related to refugee status and 30 concerned subsidiary protection status. Some 50 persons were received as resettled refugees.
  • The main countries of citizenship of applicants granted protection were Syria (15 or 10.6% of the total number of persons granted protection in Ireland), Somalia (15 or 9.9%), and Pakistan (15 or 9.2%).

For more information:

See Eurostat Release

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