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More than 300 000 claim asylum in EU in 2011

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Fri, Mar 23 2012 1756 Views
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The European Union's 27 countries had 301 000 asylum applications in 2011, an increase of 42 000 on 2010.  

In 2011, the main countries of citizenship of these applicants were Afghanistan (28 000 or nine per cent of the total number of applicants), Russia (18 200 or six per cent), Pakistan (15 700 or five per cent), Iraq (15 200 or five per cent) and Serbia (13 900 or five per cent).

The highest number of asylum applicants, as recorded by Eurostat, was in France, Germany and Italy with 56 300 applicants, 53 300 applicants and 34 100 applicants respectively.

When compared with the population of each Member State, the highest rates of applicants registered were recorded in Malta (4500 applicants per million inhabitants), Luxembourg (4200), Sweden (3200), Belgium (2900) and Cyprus (2200).

In Bulgaria in 2011 there were just 890 asylum applications, mostly from Iraq, followed by applications from Afghanistan and Syria. 

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