Fewer requests for asylum submitted

In February 2016 nearly 2,500 individuals were registered as asylum seekers or as following family members. The decline, which set in after the immigration peak in October 2015, continues. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that numbers of Syrian and male asylum seekers have dwindled since October. The same applies to following family members.

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.

First asylum requests and following family members
First asylum requests and following family members
 Following family membersFirst asylum requests
2014 Jan2301380
2014 Feb420910
2014 Mar310960
2014 Apr3702225
2014 May2403260
2014 Jun2701700
2014 Jul5302000
2014 Aug3302125
2014 Sep5552865
2014 Oct5601905
2014 Nov6951255
2014 Dec8451230
2015 Jan705895
2015 Feb585735
2015 Mar560805
2015 Apr5851140
2015 May10002250
2015 Jun12452925
2015 Jul16452980
2015 Aug16105330
2015 Sep19706435
2015 Oct17409980
2015 Nov10656240
2015 Dec11753380
2016 Jan*7902550
2016 Feb*6901775

Fewer Syrians

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.

First asylum requests and following family members, share by nationality
First asylum requests and following family members, share by nationality
 AlbanianEritreanSyrianwithout/stateless/unknown
2014 Jan011328
2014 Feb16296
2014 Mar17359
2014 Apr041277
2014 May053209
2014 Jun0105112
2014 Jul055516
2014 Aug045119
2014 Sep035819
2014 Oct044720
2014 Nov044917
2014 Dec135113
2015 Jan164511
2015 Feb133911
2015 Mar184110
2015 Apr123379
2015 May1343610
2015 Jun131408
2015 Jul2234911
2015 Aug1205510
2015 Sep2116211
2015 Oct2105510
2015 Nov26429
2015 Dec38349
2016 Jan*78346
2016 Feb*106318

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.

Share adult men in first asylum requests and following family members
Share adult men in first asylum requests and following family members
 First asylum requestsFollowing family members
2014 Jan588.7
2014 Feb53.39.5
2014 Mar55.24.8
2014 Apr55.59.5
2014 May62.96.3
2014 Jun59.19.3
2014 Jul607.5
2014 Aug60.76.1
2014 Sep60.74.5
2014 Oct64.36.3
2014 Nov62.55
2014 Dec61.45.9
2015 Jan58.77.8
2015 Feb55.16.8
2015 Mar52.85.4
2015 Apr56.66.8
2015 May56.96
2015 Jun56.45.6
2015 Jul58.74.9
2015 Aug626.2
2015 Sep638.4
2015 Oct58.59.8
2015 Nov51.410.8
2015 Dec46.911.9
2016 Jan*45.511.4
2016 Feb*43.910.9