Asylum requests; by citizenship, from 1975

Asylum requests; by citizenship, from 1975

Citizenship Periods Total requests asylum and family members (number) First requests for asylum (persons) (number) Family members (persons) (number)
Total 2021 36,675 24,740 10,120
(former) Soviet Union 2021 800 680 25
(former) Yugoslavia 2021 90 75 .
Afghan 2021 3,425 3,005 120
Albanian 2021 55 55 .
Algerian 2021 1,175 1,105 10
Angolan 2021 10 5 .
Armenian 2021 45 35 .
Azerbaijani 2021 90 80 .
Belorussian 2021 95 85 .
Bengali 2021 15 10 5
Beninese 2021 5 5 .
Bosnian 2021 10 5 .
Bulgarian 2021 . . .
Burundian 2021 5 0 0
Cameroonian 2021 30 15 10
Chilean 2021 5 . .
Chinese 2021 205 155 45
Colombian 2021 215 185 10
Congolese 2021 30 25 0
Congolese (Democratic Republic) 2021 20 10 5
Cuban 2021 25 15 .
Czech 2021 0 0 .
Czechslovak 2021 . . .
Egyptian 2021 215 145 40
Eritrean 2021 1,575 770 730
Estonian 2021 . . .
Ethiopian 2021 215 165 25
Gambian 2021 175 140 5
Georgian 2021 100 90 .
Ghanaian 2021 45 40 .
Guinean 2021 125 80 10
Hungarian 2021 0 0 .
Indian 2021 125 120 .
Indonesian 2021 5 5 .
Iranian 2021 605 265 125
Iraqi 2021 1,135 745 265
Israeli 2021 . . .
Ivorian 2021 15 10 0
Kazakh 2021 20 15 5
Kosovar 2021 20 20 .
Kyrgyz 2021 5 5 .
Latvian 2021 0 0 .
Lebanese 2021 85 70 5
Liberian 2021 15 10 0
Libyan 2021 155 125 20
Lithuanian 2021 0 0 .
Macedonian 2021 15 15 .
Malian 2021 25 25 .
Mauritanian 2021 5 5 .
Moldavian 2021 45 40 0
Mongolian 2021 10 10 .
Moroccan 2021 990 905 10
Myanmarese 2021 30 15 5
Nepalese 2021 10 0 0
Nigerian 2021 515 420 5
Nigerien 2021 20 15 .
North Korean 2021 5 5 .
Pakistani 2021 630 445 170
Panamanian 2021 0 0 .
Polish 2021 5 0 .
Romanian 2021 0 0 .
Russian 2021 250 205 15
Rwandan 2021 10 10 0
Senegalese 2021 50 40 0
Citizen of Serbia and Montenegro 2021 . . .
Sierra Leonan 2021 95 65 15
Slovak 2021 . . .
Somali 2021 1,060 905 90
South African 2021 10 5 .
Soviet Russian 2021 . . .
Sri Lankan 2021 60 20 5
Sudanese 2021 175 135 30
Surinamese 2021 5 5 .
Syrian 2021 14,960 8,380 6,440
Tajik 2021 20 15 0
Togolese 2021 5 5 .
Tunisian 2021 285 265 0
Turkish 2021 3,215 2,460 735
Ugandan 2021 115 55 25
Ukrainian 2021 85 70 0
Uzbek 2021 25 20 .
Venezuelan 2021 95 70 0
Vietnamese 2021 15 15 .
Yemeni 2021 1,855 1,190 650
Unknown 2021 975 845 100
Stateless 2021 410 45 340
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table provides annual figures of asylum requests and following family members (persons and procedures), by citizenship. Apart from the total number of requests and family members, the number of first requests and subsequent requests is also included. The distinction between first requests and subsequent requests cannot be made before the reference year 2007. Therefore the number of first requests is set equal to the number of total requests. The distinction between asylum requests and family members can, until now, not be made before the reference year 2013. For some individual countries, no data is available for the years before 1994. However, the number of requests for asylum for these countries are included in the total number of requests. In all cases it concerns small numbers. From 2016 onwards the number of first requests includes relocation.

Data available from: 1975.

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are definite.

Changes as of February 2022:
The final figures for 2021 have been added.

The figures have been rounded to the nearest five to avoid identifying individuals. Until now, everything lower than 5 was shown as ‘0’ in this table. These figures have been replaced by a “.”. This is in accordance with the guidelines of Statistics Netherlands.

When will new figures be published?
The new figures for 2022 will be published in February 2023.

Description topics

Total requests asylum and family members
Total requests asylum and family members is the sum of the first asylum permits, subsequent asylum permits and the number of family members together. From 2016 onwards the number of first requests includes relocation.

Requests for asylum are submitted by persons who have left their country in order to seek asylum in another country. An asylum seeker may submit more than one request for asylum. Both first, subsequent requests and family members are
included here.

Following relatives are family members of an asylum seeker with an asylum permit. The family members actually entered the Netherlands and immediately received an asylum permit upon arrival.
First requests for asylum (persons)
Requests for asylum are submitted by persons who have left their country in order to seek asylum in another country. An asylum seeker may submit more than one request for asylum.

As from 2007, it is possible to distinguish first requests and subsequent requests. The data before 2007 include both first and subsequent requests. As from 2007 the data include first requests only.
From 2016 onwards the number of first requests includes relocation.
Family members (persons)
Following relatives are family members of an asylum seeker with an asylum permit. The family members actually entered the Netherlands and immediately received an asylum permit upon arrival.

In order to bring family members to the Netherlands, the permit holder must apply for a temporary stay (mvv). This application must be made within 3 months after the asylum permit has been granted. After granting, the mvv is valid for 90 days. The family members can collect the mvv’s at the consular services of embassies and use them to enter the Netherlands. The number of asylum permits for family reunification in the table is therefore not equal to the number of mvv’s issued to these following relatives.