More asylum seekers, fewer following relatives in Q3

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In the third quarter of 2018, altogether 6,235 asylum seekers and 1,260 following family members came to the Netherlands. The number of asylum seekers was up by over 40 percent against the third quarter of 2017, while the number of following relatives was down by over 40 percent. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on figures from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Relative to the second quarter of 2018 as well, there were more asylum seekers and fewer following family members in the third quarter.

Asylum seeker and following relatives (x 1,000)
 Asylum seekersFollowing relatives
2014 Q13.2550.96
2014 Q27.1850.88
2014 Q36.9851.415
2014 Q44.3852.1
2015 Q12.4351.84
2015 Q26.3152.805
2015 Q314.7455.22
2015 Q419.63.98
2016 Q15.581.91
2016 Q23.081.305
2016 Q35.1852.605
2016 Q45.525.995
2017 Q14.035.3
2017 Q23.7954.095
2017 Q34.3652.26
2017 Q43.9552.835
2018 Q14.2152.11
2018 Q24.3651.95
2018 Q36.2351.26
Source: CBS, IND

Syrians form the largest group

Similar to Q3 2017, Syrians constituted the largest group with 965 asylum seekers. The number of asylum seekers from Eritrea was down on the previous year. Significantly more asylum seekers came from Iran (685), Turkey (460) and Albania (345). At 370, the number of following relatives from Syria was considerably lower than in the previous year (1260), whereas the number of Eritreans remained virtually equal at 505.

Asylum seekers, top 5 nationalities in Q3 2018
 SyrianIranianTurkishEritreanAlbanian
2017 Q174013095505145
2017 Q274515510536580
2017 Q381021511044590
2017 Q467522017028050
2018 Q158523017550045
2018 Q270527532038570
2018 Q3965685460350345

More women and children from Iran, Turkey and Albania

In Q3 2017, not only more men, but also more women and children from Iran, Turkey and Albania came to the Netherlands for asylum. Only among the Syrian asylum seekers were the majority men.

Asylum seekers
 MenWomenBoysGirls
Q3 2018
Syrian55520014575
Eritrean806514555
Iranian3052208575
Turkish1801307090
Albanian120657080
Q3 2017
Syrian38020014595
Eritrean1956014045
Iranian100652520
Turkish45201020
Albanian5515155
Source: CBS, IND

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