Dramatic rise of applications for asylum in the EU

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(FILE) A file photo dated 13 January 2016 showing a view of the refugee tent camp in Thisted, northern Jutland, Denmark. The camp contains small appartment areas in the gym, bunkbeds and tents. Danish lawmakers were 26 January 2016 set to vote on measures to tighten asylum laws, including a controversial plan to seize assets from asylum seekers to pay for their stay, despite criticism from human rights groups. The bill was expected to pass as the right-leaning Liberals' minority government has secured backing from others, including the main opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party. The move would allow for asylum seekers' belongings to be searched and for cash or valuables exceeding 10,000 kroner (1,450 dollars) to be seized. The cash and proceeds from the sale of the valuables - such as watches and mobile phones - would be used to pay for the asylum seekers' stay in Denmark.

Dramatic rise of applications for asylum in the EU


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In April 2019, more than 54 500 applications for international protection were lodged in the EU+. This was a slightly lower monthly total than in the previous month, but remained at a higher level than in the same month of 2018. Since the end of 2017, the monthly number of applications has been fluctuating between approximately 50 000 and 60 000, with no exception in April 2019.
One in four applications was lodged by nationals of the three main countries of origin: Syria, Afghanistan and Venezuela. Applications by both Turks and Venezuelans increased by more than 50 %, whereas applicants from Colombian almost tripled compared to April 2018.
For more information and an interactive data-visualization, please visit the European Asylum support office page.

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