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75% of asylum applications in EU rejected in 2011

The 27 EU Member States last year rejected 75% of asylum applications. A new report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU shows that the number of asylum applications in the 27 EU Member States was 301, 000 in 2011.

It is estimated that around 90% of these were new applicants and around 10% were repeat applicants. In 2010, there were 259, 000 asylum applicants.

The report shows that 237, 400 first instance decisions were made on asylum applications. There were 177, 900 rejections (75% of decisions), 29, 000 applicants (12%) were granted refugee status, 21, 400 (9%) subsidiary protection and 9, 100 (4%) authorisation to stay for humanitarian reasons.

The main countries of citizenship of these applicants were Afghanistan (28, 000 or 9% of the total number of applicants), Russia (18, 200 or 6%), Pakistan (15, 700 or 5%), Iraq (15, 200 or 5%) and Serbia (13, 900 or 5%).

The highest number of applicants was registered in France (56, 300 applicants), followed by Germany (53, 300), Italy (34, 100), Belgium (31, 900), Sweden (29, 700), the United Kingdom (26, 400), the Netherlands (14, 600), Austria (14, 400), Greece (9, 300) and Poland (6, 900).

These ten Member States accounted for more than 90% of applicants registered in the EU27 in 2011.

When compared with the population of each Member State, the highest rates of applicants registered were recorded in Malta (4,500 applicants per million inhabitants), Luxembourg (4, 200), Sweden (3, 200), Belgium (2, 900) and Cyprus (2, 200).

In some Member States, a large proportion of the applicants came from a single country. The Member States with the highest concentrations were Poland (63% of the applicants came from Russia), Latvia (52% from Georgia), Luxembourg (44% from Serbia), Lithuania (43% from Georgia), Bulgaria (39% from Iraq) and Hungary (38% from Afghanistan).
 

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