EU granted asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017

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Participants attend a German language course of the 'Fluechtlingsprojekt Ute Bock' (Refugees project Ute Bock) in Vienna, Austria, 23 February 2016.

EU granted asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017


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More than half a million refugees were granted asylum by the European Union in 2017, with Germany taking in the largest number of applicants that included 325,370 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Overall, the EU Member States granted refugee status for humanitarian reasons to 538,120 asylum seekers.

Almost one-third of the beneficiaries (33% or 175,800 people) are Syrian, followed by citizens of Afghanistan (100,700 people or 19%) and  Iraq (64,300 people or 12%). The overall number of migrants given legal status in the EU, however, dropped by 25% from 2016 when 57% of the applicants were Syrian war refugees.

According to Eurostat, the statistics for the number of individuals give asylum by the individual Member State is as follows: Belgium 12,895, Bulgaria 1,705, Czech Republic 145, Denmark 2,750, Germany 325,370, Estonia 95, Ireland 720, Greece 12,015, Spain 4,700, France 40,575, Croatia 170, Italy 35,130, Cyprus 1,300, Latvia 275, Lithuania 295, Luxembourg 1,130, Hungary 1,290, Malta 815, the Netherlands 9,090, Austria 33,925, Poland 560, Portugal 500, Romania 1,330, Slovenia 150, Slovakia 60, Finland 4,255, Sweden 31,235, and the United Kingdom 15,645.

The EEA Member States that have accepted asylum seekers are Iceland with 125 people, Liechtenstein 25, Norway 5,270, and Switzerland with 14,785.

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