Fewer requests for asylum submitted
The Naturalisation and Immigration Service (IND) registeredd 1,775 asylum seekers and 690 following family members in February 2016. These numbers were respectively 30 and 13 percent down from January.
In the group of asylum seekers as well as in the group of following family members Syrians constitute the majority, but since October their share has diminished. In February 3 in every 10 asylum seekers and following family members were Syrian nationals. After Syrians, Albanians constituted the largest group in February. The share of Albanian asylum seekers rose to 10 percent in February. Stateless people (mostly Palestinians from Syria) accounted for 8 percent of asylum seekers and following family members. The share of Eritrean nationals fell to 6 percent in February.
Share male asylum seekers down
The share of adult men among asylum seekers is also declining; from 63 percent in September 2015 to 44 percent in February 2016. In the category following family member about one in ten are adult men.