EU: Asylum applications from Afghans approach the number of applications from Syrians

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“The asylum applications from Afghans approaching number of applications from Syros“, Emphasizes today the announcement of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), while pointing out that the total asylum applications in July in the EU. was at the highest level since the appearance of COVID-19.

EASO analysis shows that approximately 50.000 applications for international protection were submitted to the EU in July 2021, significantly more than in June (+8%). The most common countries of origin were Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan and Iraq, reports APE BPE.

  • Applications from Afghans increased for the fifth consecutive month, to about 7,300 (+ 21% since June), approaching the number of applications from Syrians (8,500, + 14%).
  • The Turkish (2,500 applications) was the third largest group in July, with their applications increasing by half since June.
  • The increase in applications from them Iraqis (2,300) due in part to irregular migration through Belarus.
  • At the same time, asylum applications from citizens of Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans, such as Georgians (1,300) and Albanians (980).
  • On the other hand, applications from many North and West African nationalities declined, including Moroccan (1,500) and of Μαλίων (570).

The unaccompanied minors submitted more than 2,200 applications to the EU in July, up from 1,900 in June and 1,500 in May. The main driver of this development was unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, whose applications increased from 700 in May to 1,000 in June and close to 1,200 in July, representing half of all unaccompanied minors. As applications for unaccompanied minors increased in proportion to the total number of applications, they continued to represent the 4% of the whole in July, always in accordance with the RES EIA.

Asylum authorities in EU countries issued at least 35,100 first instance decisions in July, slightly less than in June. One third of all decisions were issued to Syrians, Afghans and Pakistanis.

About 366,300 cases were pending in the first degree at the end of July, remaining at a stable level compared to June.

Based on preliminary data, the recognition rate in the EU it was 39% in June. The highest recognition rates are for Syros (87%) and their Erythraeans (81%). In the 45%, the recognition rate for Afghans was significantly lower than in the previous six months.

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