Asylum requests and family reunification; nationality, sex and age

Asylum requests and family reunification; nationality, sex and age

Sex Age Nationality Periods First asylum requests (persons) (number) Family reunification (persons) (number)
Total male and female Total Total 2014 21,810 5,355
Total male and female Total Total 2015 43,095 13,845
Total male and female Total Total 2016 19,370 11,815
Total male and female Total Total 2017 16,145 14,490
Total male and female Total Total 2018 1st Quarter 4,155 2,140
Total male and female Total Total 2018 2nd Quarter 4,320 1,970
Total male and female Total Afghan 2014 450 100
Total male and female Total Afghan 2015 2,550 85
Total male and female Total Afghan 2016 1,025 65
Total male and female Total Afghan 2017 320 85
Total male and female Total Afghan 2018 1st Quarter 65 55
Total male and female Total Afghan 2018 2nd Quarter 65 70
Total male and female Total Albanian 2014 85 0
Total male and female Total Albanian 2015 1,005 5
Total male and female Total Albanian 2016 1,665 0
Total male and female Total Albanian 2017 365 0
Total male and female Total Albanian 2018 1st Quarter 45 0
Total male and female Total Albanian 2018 2nd Quarter 70 0
Total male and female Total Algerian 2014 15 0
Total male and female Total Algerian 2015 40 10
Total male and female Total Algerian 2016 980 5
Total male and female Total Algerian 2017 890 0
Total male and female Total Algerian 2018 1st Quarter 290 0
Total male and female Total Algerian 2018 2nd Quarter 230 0
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2014 3,835 190
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2015 7,360 1,015
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2016 1,860 1,310
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2017 1,590 2,880
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2018 1st Quarter 475 915
Total male and female Total Eritrean 2018 2nd Quarter 385 770
Total male and female Total Georgian 2014 320 0
Total male and female Total Georgian 2015 255 0
Total male and female Total Georgian 2016 580 0
Total male and female Total Georgian 2017 485 0
Total male and female Total Georgian 2018 1st Quarter 90 0
Total male and female Total Georgian 2018 2nd Quarter 105 0
Total male and female Total Guinean 2014 65 20
Total male and female Total Guinean 2015 80 30
Total male and female Total Guinean 2016 110 5
Total male and female Total Guinean 2017 330 10
Total male and female Total Guinean 2018 1st Quarter 55 5
Total male and female Total Guinean 2018 2nd Quarter 40 0
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2014 615 250
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2015 3,010 215
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2016 960 120
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2017 845 445
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2018 1st Quarter 160 95
Total male and female Total Iraqi 2018 2nd Quarter 160 50
Total male and female Total Iranian 2014 505 80
Total male and female Total Iranian 2015 1,885 50
Total male and female Total Iranian 2016 885 45
Total male and female Total Iranian 2017 720 120
Total male and female Total Iranian 2018 1st Quarter 230 55
Total male and female Total Iranian 2018 2nd Quarter 275 30
Total male and female Total Libyan 2014 100 0
Total male and female Total Libyan 2015 70 5
Total male and female Total Libyan 2016 340 0
Total male and female Total Libyan 2017 355 0
Total male and female Total Libyan 2018 1st Quarter 130 0
Total male and female Total Libyan 2018 2nd Quarter 115 5
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2014 55 5
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2015 80 10
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2016 1,270 5
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2017 975 5
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2018 1st Quarter 245 0
Total male and female Total Moroccan 2018 2nd Quarter 240 0
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2014 225 5
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2015 210 10
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2016 195 5
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2017 245 10
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2018 1st Quarter 80 0
Total male and female Total Nigerian 2018 2nd Quarter 90 5
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2014 190 0
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2015 435 0
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2016 905 0
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2017 165 0
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2018 1st Quarter 30 0
Total male and female Total Citizen of Serbia 2018 2nd Quarter 20 0
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2014 180 35
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2015 235 15
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2016 190 35
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2017 260 45
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2018 1st Quarter 45 15
Total male and female Total Sudanese 2018 2nd Quarter 55 40
Total male and female Total Syrian 2014 8,750 2,805
Total male and female Total Syrian 2015 18,675 8,980
Total male and female Total Syrian 2016 2,865 8,395
Total male and female Total Syrian 2017 2,970 8,580
Total male and female Total Syrian 2018 1st Quarter 575 655
Total male and female Total Syrian 2018 2nd Quarter 700 645
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2014 15 0
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2015 25 5
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2016 205 0
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2017 170 0
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2018 1st Quarter 130 0
Total male and female Total Tunisian 2018 2nd Quarter 95 0
Total male and female Total Turkish 2014 45 20
Total male and female Total Turkish 2015 55 5
Total male and female Total Turkish 2016 235 10
Total male and female Total Turkish 2017 480 0
Total male and female Total Turkish 2018 1st Quarter 175 10
Total male and female Total Turkish 2018 2nd Quarter 320 10
Total male and female Total Stateless 2014 2,705 325
Total male and female Total Stateless 2015 2,400 2,505
Total male and female Total Stateless 2016 320 1,140
Total male and female Total Stateless 2017 140 1,460
Total male and female Total Stateless 2018 1st Quarter 10 85
Total male and female Total Stateless 2018 2nd Quarter 5 65
Total male and female Total Unknown 2014 425 220
Total male and female Total Unknown 2015 510 105
Total male and female Total Unknown 2016 525 110
Total male and female Total Unknown 2017 640 305
Total male and female Total Unknown 2018 1st Quarter 155 65
Total male and female Total Unknown 2018 2nd Quarter 170 45
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains data on numbers of submitted asylum requests and family reunification (family joining the asylum seeker) per month, quarter and year, broken down by citizenship, sex and age group of the asylum seeker and family member. Apart from the total number of requests, the number of first requests and subsequent requests have also been included. As of January 2016, the first requests also include relocation data.The figures provided here represent formally identified and registered asylum seekers.

Data available from: January 2013.

Status of the figures:
The figures up to 2021 are final. The 2022 figures are provisional.

Changes as of June 2022:
The provisional figures for May 2022 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures are published on a monthly basis.

Description topics

First asylum requests (persons)
First asylum requests are requests by persons from another country seeking permission to be admitted as refugees. These requests are submitted by persons who have left their own country for various reasons in order to seek protection or asylum in another country. As of 2016, the number of first asylum requests includes those applicants who have been relocated.
Nationalities will be listed separately in the datasets once the number of asylum requests from people holding this nationality has exceeded 50 within a period of twelve months. As a result, the sum of the detailed data may deviate from the total number.


Family reunification (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.