EU Member States granted protection status to nearly 710,400 asylum seekers in 2016

28 Apr 2017

In 2016, nearly 710,400 asylum seekers were granted international protection in the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU-28), more than double that of 2015:

  • 389,670 (55%) were given refugee status,
  • 263,755 (37%) were granted subsidiary protection, and
  • 56,970 (8%) were authorised to stay for humanitarian reasons.

In EU-28, 14,205 refugees were resettled in 2016.

The top 3 citizenships of granted protection were:

  • Syria: 405,620 (57% of overall applicants)
  • Iraq: 65,765 (9%)
  • Afghanistan: 61,820 (9%) 

The highest number of persons granted protection status were registered in:

  • Germany: 445,210 (triple the number granted in 2015)
  • Sweden: 69,350 (double the number granted in 2015)
  • Italy: 35,450, (20% more than 2015)
  • France: 35,170 (35% more than 2015) and
  • The Netherlands: 21,825 (28% more than 2015)

Key figures for Ireland:

In Ireland 790 positive decisions on asylum applications were made in 2016:

  • 645 were granted refugee status
  • 140 were granted subsidiary protection status

In 2016, 355 persons were received as resettled refugees in Ireland.

The main countries of citizenship of applicants granted protection were:

  • Syria: 150 (or 19% of the total number of persons granted protection in Ireland)
  • Afghanistan: 70 (or 9%)
  • Zimbabwe: 65 or (8%)

For more information:

See Eurostat news release (April 2017)

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