June: 1,480 asylum seekers and following relatives

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that 1,480 asylum seekers and following family members were registered in the Netherlands in June 2016, a marginal increase relative to May and April. However, the number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands during the past three months was lower than in the same months in 2015 and 2014.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) registered 1,020 first asylum requests in June and 460 following family members, i.e. a small increase compared to May 2016, but a dramatic reduction compared to June 2015, when nearly 4,200 first asylum requests and following relatives were registered. As from April, the number of asylum seekers began to rise sharply in 2015.

First asylum requests and following relatives
First asylum requests and following relatives
 201420152016
Jan1.611.5953.34
Feb1.331.3152.465
Mar1.271.361.675
Apr2.5951.711.325
May3.53.2451.43
Jun1.974.171.48
Jul2.534.625
Aug2.4556.94
Sep3.428.405
Oct2.46511.72
Nov1.957.305
Dec2.0754.555

Fewer asylum seekers in Q2 2016

In Q1 2016, the number of registered asylum seekers and following relatives was obviously higher than in the same period in 2015, whereas in Q2 the number of arrivals was in fact lower than in Q2 2015 and also lower than in Q2 2014.

Asylum seekers and following relatives by quarter
Asylum seekers and following relatives by quarter
 Following relativesFirst asylum requests
2013* Q113
2013* Q217
2013* Q317
2013* Q424
2014* Q122
2014* Q236
2014* 515
2014* 420
2014* 26
2014* 13

Fewer adult men, more children

Over the first six months of this year, 45 percent of asylum seekers were adult men. In 2015, the rate was higher, varying between 54 and 62 percent per quarter, but in relative terms, there were more children among them: one-third of asylum seekers were under the age of eighteen.

The category of family members joining relatives already in the Netherlands mainly consisted of women and children. In the past quarters, 55 percent of joining family members were children, versus 65 percent in the first half of 2015. More than one-third of following relatives were women and one in ten were men.

Asylum requests and following relatives by gender and age
Asylum requests and following relatives by gender and age
 GirlsBoysWomenMen
First requests
2015-I8.8312.3223.255.65
2015-II7.5214.3321.5456.61
2015-III6.2415.7716.2461.75
2015-IV8.9317.0219.8254.23
2016-I12.4219.8921.4246.26
2016-II13.2920.7820.9544.97
Following relatives
2015-I31.0633.7928.616.54
2015-II30.6632.9830.665.7
2015-III29.0932.5431.676.7
2015-IV25.8830.0333.4210.68
2016-I27.0827.633.8511.46
2016-II24.6230.3834.6210.38

Fewer asylum seekers and following relatives from Syria

In Q2 this year, 295 Syrian nationals submitted requests for, a reduction by nearly 80 percent from the same period last year and also lower than in Q1 2016. The number of joining relatives (750) was also lower.

Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives
Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives
 Following relativesFirst asylum requests
2014 I360985
2014 II3702045
2014 III7753845
2014 IV13001875
2015 I1075700
2015 II20451435
2015 III33458010
2015 IV25158535
2016 I10701165
2016 II750295

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