Eurostat figures show 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in the EU-28 in 2016

22 Mar 2017

In 2016, 1,204,300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), slightly lower than 2015 (1,257,000).

The top 5 citizenships of first time asylum seekers in EU-28 in 2016 were:

  • Syria: 334,800 (28% of overall applicants)
  • Afghanistan: 182,985 (15%)
  • Iraq: 126,955 (11%) 
  • Pakistan: 47,595 (4%)
  • Nigeria: 46,145 (4%)

In 2016, the largest numbers of asylum seekers were recorded in:

  • Germany: 722,300 (60% of overall applicants) 
  • Italy: 121,200 (10%)
  • France: 70,600 (6%)
  • Greece: 49,900 (4%)
  • Austria: 39,900 (3%) and
  • United Kingdom: 38,300 (3%)

Key figures for Ireland:

Ireland received 2,235 asylum applications in 2016 compared to 3,275 in 2015.

The main countries of citizenship of applicants in 2016 were:

  • Syria:  245 (11% of overall applicants) 
  • Pakistan: 235 (11%)
  • Albania: 220 (10%)

For more information:

See Eurostat news release (March 2017) and Eurostat Asylum quarterly report (fourth quarter 2016).

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