In July, a total of 1,425 people filed a first asylum request while 660 following family members arrived in the country. Among them were 600 Syrians and nearly 300 Eritreans. Four out of five Syrians were following a family member who had already arrived in the Netherlands. For Eritreans, this was one out of three.
More children, fewer men
Just as in the previous month, more children than adult men came to the Netherlands in July. Since October 2015, the percentage of adult men has declined from 51 to 32. At the same time, the percentage of children has increased from 28 to 42. In July, adult women claiming asylum in the Netherlands (filing a first request or following a spouse) accounted for 26 percent. These trends reflect a shift from asylum seekers to following dependents. Over the past two years, asylum seekers travelling alone ahead of their families have often been men. Women and children have predominantly followed as family members.
1 in 5 asylum seekers from Albania or former Yugoslavia
Again, more than 400 people claiming asylum in July were from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia. As the influx from Syria and Afghanistan has diminished since late 2015, the share of asylum seekers from Albania and former Yugoslavia has now reached 20 percent. Chances of obtaining a residence permit tend to be very low for these asylum seekers.