Asylum seekers applying for asylum in the EU is up by 4% in the second quarter of 2018, according to data published by the European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat.
Eurostat’s data found that the majority of asylum seekers in the bloc originate from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Venezuela. Syrian asylum seekers remained the largest group with 18,300 applicants between April and June, while 9,200 Afghans, 8,400 Iraqis, and 7,600 Venezuelans were first-time applicants.
Germany remains the first choice for first-time asylum applicants, followed by France and Greece. The highest number of first-time applicants were registered in Germany with 33,700 first-time applicants or 25% of the total first-time applicants in the bloc. According to Eurostat, nearly a million asylum applications are still pending.