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Over one million asylum applications in EU+ last year

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 14 January 2024

Over a Million Asylum Applications in EU+ in 2023, with Germany Leading as Top Destination

Over one million asylum applications in EU+ last year

According to a media report, the number of asylum applications in the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland – referred to as EU+ – broke through the million mark in 2023 for the first time since 2016. A total of 1.13 million asylum applications were submitted last year, as reported by “Welt am Sonntag”, citing previously unpublished figures from the EU Asylum Agency (EUAA).

Accordingly, the increase in asylum applications in the EU+ compared to 2022 is 17% with 966,000 asylum applications. In Germany, the number of asylum applications in 2023 (329,120) increased by 51% compared to the previous year (217,774), significantly more than the European average. The worst performers in terms of the number of asylum applications in 2023 are Lithuania with 415 asylum applications and Hungary with 31 asylum applications in 2023 as a whole.

Germany thus remains the number 1 destination country for asylum applications. After Germany, Spain (161,732), France (160,769) and Italy (135,294) are the countries with the highest number of asylum seekers, as Welt am Sonntag writes further. According to the report, most asylum applications in Germany came from Syrians (29 percent), followed by people from Turkey (18 percent) and Afghanistan (15 percent).

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