Asylum applications in EU drop by 43% in 2017

  • Daniela Tkadlečková
  • 5.2.2018 09:18

On 1 February, the European Asylum Support Office released its latest report on migration trends, according to which the EU with Norway and Switzerland received 43% fewer asylum applications in 2017 compared to the year before. Out of the total 706,913 requests, 40% were approved, with Syrian nationals being the most common applicants lodging more than 98,000 applications.

Although individual EU member states report fluctuating data on received asylum requests, the general trend sparked optimism in terms of dealing with uncontrolled arrivals. While the decrease could rather be a result of separate deals, such as the EU fund of €600 million to the Nigerien government for, inter alia, border guards training, regular migration flow into Europe is unlikely to decrease in the long-term. In the first half of 2018, Europe will focus on finalising the Dublin IV EU asylum reform that aims at enhancing cooperation with third countries, strengthening border management or improving returns of illegal migrants. Whether an agreement on the reform is reached by June or the EU Africa Trust Fund is effective remains uncertain. 

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