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EU Asylum Agency Records the Second Highest Asylum Seeking Rates in Five Years

The European Union Asylum Agency (EUAA) revealed that 71,400 asylum applications for international protection were filed in EU member states in November 2021 – the second highest in the past five years.

According to EUAA data, the number of applications was 9 percent higher than it was in October, with the two largest nationalities of asylum applications being Afghans and Syrians, reports.

In November, asylum application rates were very high – roughly until September 2021, which marked the peak of applications by third-country nationals since 2016, when the largest migration crisis occurred in the European Union. In September, high application rates were associated with evacuations from Kabul and the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, which led to an increase in the number of Afghan refugees.

More specifically, Afghan nationals have submitted the second largest number of applications since 2016 (around 13,000), followed by Syrians (11,500), who have submitted the largest number of applications in the past five years.

In addition, 4,300 Iraqis applied in November – a 30 percent increase from the previous month, representing the third largest group of applicants. A rise in asylum applications for Venezuelans (3,300), Pakistanis (2,800) and Colombians (2,500) was also noted.

To conclude, there were 62,283 first-time and 8,927 repeat requests, which represents 71,210 requests made across the 27-country bloc for the month of November 2021.

However, a typical spike in the number of minor asylum seekers was observed last year, with 3,300 applications submitted in October and 3,200 in November – the highest application rates for unaccompanied minors since 2015 and also representing five percent of all applicants registered during the month. Afghans made up about half of the total unaccompanied minors, followed by Syrians, Somalis, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis.

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On the other hand, for the fifth consecutive month, the number of applications exceeded first-degree decisions, and as a result, the number of outstanding first-degree cases jumped to 431,000 by the end of November, with 45,500 preliminary decisions issued in November. lonliness. Slightly more than half of these cases have been pending for less than six months.

The recognition rate of EU member states, which represents the share of positive decisions in the total number of asylum decisions for each stage of the asylum procedure, reached 40% in November – the second-highest rate in the past two years, which in September 2021 increased by an additional one percent.

Three out of four positive decisions were granted refugee status, while the rest were granted subsidiary protection. These high rates were a result of Afghan refugees, who received a recognition rate of 92 percent, and a large number of people obtained refugee status. Recognition rates were also relatively high for Syrians (91 percent), Eritreans (87 percent), and Palestinians (72 percent).

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