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)
Belorussian 2021 95 85 .
Russian 2021 250 205 15
Soviet Russian 2021 . . .
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 These figures have been replaced by a “.”.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.