More asylum applications from Iraqis

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23 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The number of applications from Iraqi asylum seekers in the industrialised countries increased 77 percent in 2006 compared to the previous year.

23 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The number of applications from Iraqi asylum seekers in the industrialised countries increased 77 percent in 2006 compared to the previous year.

Most of these applications – some 9,000 - were made in Sweden. The Netherlands was the second most popular country for the Iraqis, with 2,800 applications.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced these figures on Friday on the basis of information submitted by the governments of the industrialised countries.

The UNHCR says that a total of 22,200 Iraqis requested asylum in 2006, compared to 12,500 applications in 2005. The peak year for Iraqi refugees was 2002, which saw over 50,000 applications.

The Iraqis are once again at the top of the list this year, followed by the Chinese (18,300 applications), Russians (15,700), Turks (8,700). The total number of asylum applications decreased for the fifth consecutive year.

The US was the most popular destination in 2006, receiving 17 percent of all asylum applications. It was followed by France and Canada.

France received the most applications in 2005, but saw a 40-percent decrease in applications last year. The Netherlands came in 7th place in the ranking with 4.8 percent of all asylum applications worldwide.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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