France reports record numbers of asylum applications in 2017

  • Daniela Tkadlečková
  • 15.1.2018 09:22

According to a statement by the French Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons from 8 January, France registered its highest number of asylum applications in 2017. Out of the total 100.412 applications, the most requests were submitted by Albanians, followed by Afghans and Sudanese. The authorities stated they do not consider this to be a massive migrant inflow and are managing the situation.

However, since the EU classifies Albania a safe country of origin, the chances of Albanians to be granted asylum are generally rather low and most of their applications were already rejected. When comparing all EU states, Germany remains a top destination country but overall  EU statistics show a rapid decrease in application numbers as compared to last year. According to the European Commission, there are fewer asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and more applicants from Venezuela, Turkey or Palestine and, according to Eurostat, less than half of all applications within the EU are approved. Disagreement between EU states on the Common Asylum System and rejection of emergency relocation mechanisms by Visegrad countries impede potential improvements in refugee assistance and keep the issue of migration a thorn in many states' sides.

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