European Union Countries Register 40% More Asylum Applications

Almost as many people are applying for asylum in the EU as before the corona pandemic. The number of Afghan asylum seekers rose particularly sharply.

According to the EU asylum authority EASO, significantly more people are applying for asylum in the countries of the European Union this year than in the previous year. According to the authority, one of the reasons is a new high among asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Overall, the EU states registered around 56,000 cases of international protection requests in August. That is about 40 percent more than in the same month of the previous year, said EASO Director Nina Gregori of the Funke media group: “In Europe we are almost at the level of the time before Corona in terms of the number of asylum applications.”

According to Gregori, around 10,000 asylum applications were submitted in August by Afghan nationals alone. That means a record and an increase of 38 percent over the previous month, she said. Some of the applications come from the evacuees who fled to Europe via the Kabul Airlift . In addition, Afghans who have lived in Europe for a long time have now applied for asylum again, explained Gregori.

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Hundreds of thousands of Afghans also continued to seek refuge in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries. “We have to prepare for a difficult situation of the migration movement from Afghanistan to Europe,” said Gregori. Your agency is working closely with the EU Commission and the authorities of the EU member states and is currently building up reception capacities in the Balkans. In addition, a resettlement program for Afghanistan is being prepared in the EU.

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Applications have already doubled in the second quarter

The number of asylum applications in the EU had risen sharply between April and June of this year . According to the EU statistics agency Eurostat, 103,895 initial applications were made in the EU countries during the period — more than twice as many as in the same period of the previous year. According to Eurostat, it was an increase of 115 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and 9 percent compared to the previous quarter.

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In the second quarter, most asylum seekers with 20,500 applications came from Syria. Afghan refugees submitted 13,860 applications — that was an increase of 216 percent year-on-year and a 28 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2021. In August — according to the Eurostat survey period — the international troops had left Afghanistan.

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