Fewer asylum seekers, different nationalities

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that in March this year 1,675 individuals were registered as asylum seekers or family members joining relatives already in the country. Again, the inflow is lower than in the preceding month. Albanian nationals topped the list of first asylum applicants in March, followed by Syrians.

Consistent with the overall downward trend, the number of first asylum requests as well as the number of following relatives declined by one-third in March.

First asylum requests and following family members
First asylum requests and following family members
 Following family membersFirst asylum requests
2015 J705895
2015 F585735
2015 M560805
2015 A5851140
2015 M10002250
2015 J12452925
2015 J16452980
2015 A16105330
2015 S19706435
2015 O17409980
2015 N10656240
2015 D11753380
2016 J*7902550
2016 F*6901775
2016 M*4421233

Albanians file more first requests for asylum than Syrians

The composition of the group of asylum seekers has changed radically. In March Albanians filed more first requests for asylum than Syrians: 224 against 127. Last year, nearly half of first requests were submitted by Syrians; Eritreans constituted the second largest group. The number of asylum applications from countries labelled as safe by the Dutch government has risen in recent months. Serbia and Kosovo each accounted for 80 first requests. Apart from Albania, Serbia and Kosovo each accounted for approximately 80 requests.

First asylum requests by nationality
First asylum requests by nationality
 SyriaAlbaniaSerbiaIraqKosovo
2015 Nov24001408069530
2015 Dec8851506042550
2016 Jan*7002307026560
2016 Feb*3402508015580
2016 Mar*Serbia127224818077

Largest group of following family members comes from Syria

In recent months too, most relatives seeking family reunion came from Syria. In March 212 family members from Syria were registered, versus 127 first asylum requests. The number of following family members is due to the massive inflow of Syrian asylum seekers in the latter half of 2015. After having received a residence permit, asylum seekers can submit a request for family reunion. In the group of Eritrean nationals, the number of following relatives (87) also exceeded the number of first asylum requests (51).

Syria: asylum requests and following family members
Syria: asylum requests and following family members
 First asylum requestsFollowing family members
2015 J315405
2015 F190320
2015 M195360
2015 A255390
2015 M445715
2015 J730935
2015 J11201145
2015 A28251010
2015 S40601190
2015 O52501185
2015 N2400675
2015 D885655
2016 J*700445
2016 F*340415
2016 M*127212