A total of 3,732 people applied for international protection in the Netherlands in August this year, which is an increase compared to the July figures. During the same month, a total of 3,337 people applied for asylum, based on statistics provided by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.
An increase in the number of asylum applications submitted for the first time was also observed during August. According to the ministry, a total of 2,754 applications were registered for the first time in August, while in June, the number of appeals filed for the same purpose was 2,119, TheSchengen.com reports.
The following countries of origin accounted for the largest number of asylum applications made for the first time in the Netherlands, in August:
Syria (791) Turkey (662) Afghanistan (255) Somalia (149) Morocco (98)
Syrians remain at the top of the list in terms of the number of applications for international protection in the Netherlands. Previously, figures provided by the Dutch Immigration and Citizenship Service (IND) showed that Syrians represented nearly 30 percent of the total number of asylum applications (4,070) submitted in 2020.
However, due to the COVID-19 situation, the IND confirmed that in April 2020, the largest drop in asylum applications (270) submitted was recorded in the Netherlands since 2013.
In August, a total of 206 repeated applications for international protection were registered in the Dutch territory, while in July, 146 applications were registered for the same purpose.
According to the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, nationals of Afghanistan (69), Syria (19), Iran (12), Nigeria (10), Morocco and stateless people (both 9) represent the largest number of countries of origin that submitted the most repeated asylum applications.
The number of people who arrived for family reunification reached 772. In July, the number was 1078. The statement published by the same ministry said that the first five countries people arrived in for family reunification are Syria (503) and Turkey (88) and stateless (31) Eritrea (28) and Iraq (25).
For unaccompanied minors, the number of asylum applications submitted by them in August was 301, which is an increase compared to the July figures (149).
Citizens of the following countries accounted for the largest number of applications filed in the Netherlands by unaccompanied minors:
Syria (138) Eritrea (45) Somalia (43) Morocco (22) Afghanistan (16)
The August statistics do not include asylum applications by foreign Afghan nationals who were evacuated from Kabul to the Netherlands this month. The ministry statement said that these requests will be included in the September statistics.
Previously, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service stressed that there was a drop of about 40 per cent in asylum applications in the Netherlands in 2020, while this decrease was mainly caused by the situation of the Corona virus pandemic.
The same source showed that in 2020, about 14 thousand asylum applications were registered for the first time in the Netherlands.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, many European governments have imposed entry bans and other travel restrictions to prevent a further increase in COVID-19 infections. However, these actions led to a significant decrease in the number of applications for international protection, not only in the Netherlands but in all European countries.
However, the number of asylum applications submitted in European countries gradually began to increase.
TheSchengen.com recently reported that around 50,000 applications for international protection were filed in EU countries during July of this year, which is a marked increase compared to June’s figures.