Afghan Nationals Remain the Second Top Nation With Most EU+ Asylum Applications, EASO Reports

Afghans continue to be the second largest group of applicants in the European Union, which means that the submitted country is among the most applied for 2020, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) revealed in the latest Country of Origin Information (COI) report, published in June. 25.

According to the report, during 2020, 48,578 Afghans applied for asylum in EU+ countries. Those numbers are down 16 percent compared to 2019, but more applications than before the pandemic levels in 2018, TheSchengen.com reports.

Moreover, the recognition rate for Afghans this year was 53 percent, while in 2019, this number was 5 percent lower.

By the end of April 2019, Afghans accounted for 11 percent of the total number of pending applications in first instance cases in the European Union, accounting for 41,100 cases from the country.

However, the number of cases pending for periods of more than six months increased during the pandemic and remained higher than then, representing increases even compared to pre-pandemic levels.

The top three EU countries to receive the most applications from Afghan nationals in 2021 were Germany, France and Romania, replacing Greece, which was the top destination for Afghan applicants in 2020.

Recently, EASO published a similar report on Syrians’ interest in EU+ countries, revealing that 66 percent of them do not intend to return to their home country any time soon. However, in December 2020, 137 Syrians voluntarily returned to their homeland from Denmark, which has 35,000 Syrian citizens. Following this law, the Danish government offered £22,000 (€25,764) for each return.

The Netherlands, which currently has a population of 77,000 Syrian citizens, has previously abandoned only ten Syrians who voluntarily returned to their homeland.

Only ten Syrian nationals voluntarily left the Netherlands, which currently has 77,000 Syrians.

A study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows that 90% of Syrians currently living in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq do not plan to return to Syria within the next 12 months.

Previously, Greece, the country where Afghans and Syrians initially land, has reaffirmed its position by continuing to allow the secondary movement of migrants and refugees, meaning that they are free to cross into other EU countries.

The move caused a sharp controversy among the European Union countries, which last December issued a letter to the European Commission, expressing concerns about the “rapid increase” of refugees being given Greek documents.

“We are obligated to provide residence permits and travel documents for recognized refugees,” Greek Migration Minister Notis Marachi said, noting that migrants are drawn to higher salaries and benefits found in EU member states.

However, Amnesty International (AI) released a 46-page report, providing evidence of mistreatment of refugees by Greek border control authorities with Adriana Tidona, spokesperson for Amnesty International, noting that such abuses occurred in Evros regions, among other things. other.

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