More asylum applications in 2006

23rd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 April 2007, VOORBURG – The Netherlands is one of the few European countries where the number of asylum applications rose in 2006 compared to the previous year. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced this on Monday. Sweden also saw an increase in the number of applications.

23 April 2007

VOORBURG – The Netherlands is one of the few European countries where the number of asylum applications rose in 2006 compared to the previous year. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced this on Monday. Sweden also saw an increase in the number of applications.

The number of applications in the Netherlands rose to 14,500, the fifth highest number among the 25 EU countries at the time. Asylum seekers that applied in the Netherlands came primarily from Iraq and Somalia.

The Netherlands came in ninth for the number of asylum applications in relation to its population, at about one application per 1,000 residents. Cyprus and Malta topped this list, with 5.3 and 3.1 applications per 1,000 residents, respectively.

Almost 200,000 asylum applications were filed in EU countries in 2006, the lowest number in 20 years. This represented a 17-percent drop compared to 2005.

The drop was greatest in France, though the country still received the most applications in the EU for the third straight year.

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