Population and social conditions Asylum applicants and first instance decisions on asylum applications: second quarter 2011

Alexandros Bitoulas
2012 unpublished
Nearly 25 % more asylum applicants in the EU-27 during the second quarter of 2011, compared with the second quarter of 2010 There was a large increase in asylum applicants in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the same quarter of the previous year 1. Nearly 69 000 asylum seekers applied for asylum in the EU-27. This represents an increase of about 12 800, or 23 per cent more compared with the second quarter of 2010. Reflecting the civil and political crises in North Africa, the number of
more » ... ica, the number of asylum applicants in Malta increased by a factor of 56. Accordingly, the citizenships recording the highest relative increases in applicants were Tunisians and Libyans, increasing by six times and five times respectively. Persons from 142 countries applied for a type of international protection in the EU-27, with Afghans, Russians and Iraqis lodging the 1 The analysis of this publication refers only to annual changes between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2010, unless otherwise stated. highest numbers of asylum applications in absolute terms (6 460, 3 900 and 3 465 respectively). Three main destination countries-France, Germany and Belgium-accepted about half of all asylum applications in the EU-27 in the first quarter of 2011 (14 505, 10 820 and 7 160 respectively). These three countries were also the main destination countries in the previous quarter. Italy and Belgium recorded the highest increases of asylum applicants in absolute terms (4 225 and 2 255 more respectively). Approximately 57 000 first instance decisions on asylum applications were issued, of which a quarter were positive, granting a protection status. Of every 10 positive decisions, around 5 granted refugee status, compared to 4 granting subsidiary protection status and 1 granting protection for humanitarian reasons.