Half as many asylum seekers in May as one year ago

20/06/2016 15:00
The number of registered asylum seekers and following family members was slightly higher in May 2016 than in April, but reduced by half relative to May 2015. Among them, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) says, were 360 Syrian nationals.

In May this year 1,430 asylum seekers and following family members were registered, 105 more than in April, but less than half as many as in May 2015, when 2,250 first requests for asylum were submitted; they were followed by 995 joining relatives. The corresponding figures for May 2016 were 990 and 440.

One-quarter asylum seekers Syrian nationals

First asylum requests and following family members

In May last year, just over half of asylum seekers and following family members came from Syria (1,160), but the current picture is more diverse. In May 2016, one-quarter (360) came from Syria. Other important countries of origin were Eritrea and Albania.
First asylum requests and following family members, May 2016

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