Asylum applications in Germany rose by nearly a third in the first nine months of this year, a new European report showed, as migration to Europe resumed after pandemic lock-downs eased, and Germany was at the top of European countries.
In details, new statistics issued on, Saturday, 25 December, revealed that Germany remains the first destination for asylum seekers to the European Union in 2021.
The German media group Funke, based on data from the European Union’s statistics agency, Eurostat, reported that Germany received 100,000 and 240 asylum applications in the first nine months of the year – an increase of a third compared to the same period in 2020.
According to the European report, Germany’s share of all asylum applications was 28.4%, compared to 24.3% in the same period last year, far more than any other country in the European Union.
France received 73,255 applications, or 20% of all asylum applications submitted to European Union countries, while Spain received 39,755 applications, equivalent to 11%, and the number of asylum applications in Italy reached 28,645 applications, which is equivalent to a share of 8% of all asylum applications in the European Union.
On the other side of the table, European statistics showed that Hungary received only 30 asylum applications in the first nine months of this year. The eastern European country, led by its conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was at the forefront of European countries vehemently opposed to the EU’s asylum policy.
According to the same sources, it registered across the 27-nation European Union, about 360,000 asylum applications for the first time in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 15 percent over the same period last year.
The data shows that immigrants from Afghanistan and Syria make up the largest share, together making up a third of all applicants, followed by immigrants from Pakistan and Iraq.
Last year, asylum applications fell by 31% across Europe, in part due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, as Germany saw 28% fewer applications.
However, the tensions in Afghanistan and the crisis at the border between Belarus and the European Union, have again raised concerns about how Europe will deal with a new wave of migrants and refugees.
Despite the revival of immigration, it is unlikely that by this year the total number of asylum applications for 2019 will be exceeded of 612,000.
Eurostat data revealed that applicants in Germany have much greater chances of having their asylum applications accepted; In the first nine months to September, more than half of the applications submitted (16,200 out of 29,970) to German immigration authorities were approved.
While applications accepted in France didn’t exceed a third (9425 out of 33,325).