Number of asylum applications on the decline
Asylum applications hit lowest point in almost ten years.18 February 2008
VOORBURG – Fewer asylum applications were submitted in the Netherlands in 2007 than in any other year since 1998. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported this on Monday.
Approximately half of the asylum applications last year came from Iraqis (2,500 applications) and Somalis (2,000). The number of asylum applications per nationality decreased in almost all cases, except for Somalis.
Just over a third more Somalis applied for asylum in 2007 compared to the previous year. There was a significant number of applications from Somalis in 2006 as well.
There have been strong fluctuations in the number of asylum applications since 1988. In the mid 1990s the number of asylum seekers increased strongly, partly due to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the war in former Yugoslavia.
From 1994 the influx of applications declined for a short period, but started growing once again in 1996 as a result of unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.
After the turn of the century there was a decrease because the number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan and former Yugoslavia fell sharply.
9,700 people applied for asylum in the Netherlands in 2007. For 7,100 applicants this was their first application.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news