Over 3 thousand asylum seekers and following relatives

In September 2016 more than 3 thousand asylum seekers and family members joining their relatives who are already in the country were registered in the Netherlands. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), this is an increase by 645 compared to August 2016 and a decrease by 5.4 thousand compared to September 2015.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) registered 1,805 first asylum requests and 1,225 following family members in September. More than one quarter of asylum seekers came from Morocco (16 percent) and Algeria (12 percent). Three-quarters of following relatives came from Syria.

Asylum seekers and following relatives
Asylum seekers and following relatives
 Following relativesFirst requests for asylum
2015 J0.70.895
2015 F0.580.735
2015 M0.5550.805
2015 A0.571.14
2015 M0.9952.25
2015 J1.2452.925
2015 J1.6452.98
2015 A1.615.33
2015 S1.976.435
2015 O1.749.98
2015 N1.0656.24
2015 D1.1753.38
2016 J0.792.55
2016 F0.691.775
2016 M0.441.235
2016 A0.40.925
2016 M0.440.99
2016 J0.461.02
2016 J0.661.425
2016 A0.711.675
2016 S1.2251.805

7.5 thousand asylum seekers registered in Q3

With 7.5 thousand, the total number of asylum seekers and joining relatives was almost equal to Q1, after a dip in Q2. In Q3 2015, the number was considerably higher (20 thousand).

Asylum seekers and following relatives, by quarter
Asylum seekers and following relatives, by quarter
 Following relativesFirst requests for asylum
2014 I0.963.255
2014 II0.887.185
2014 III1.4156.985
2014 IV2.14.385
2015 I1.842.435
2015 II2.8056.315
2015 III5.2214.745
2015 IV3.9819.6
2016 I1.925.56
2016 II1.3052.935
2016 III2.64.905

Syria: more following relatives than asylum seekers

During the first three quarters of this year 3.7 thousand Syrian family members came to the Netherlands to join their relatives, more than twice as many as Syrian asylum seekers in that period (1.8 thousand). So far this year, Syrian nationals again constitute the largest group, followed by Albanians (1.5 thousand) en Eritreans (975). More than six in ten joining relatives were Syrian nationals.

Asylum seekers and following relatives, January-September 2016
Asylum seekers and following relatives, January-September 2016
 Following relativesFirst requests for asylum
Syrian3.6851.79
Eritrean0.860.975
Albanian01.455
Afghan0.050.93
Iraqi0.0750.795
Stateless0.570.29
Iranian0.040.75
Serbian citizen00.735
Moroccan00.535
Algerian0.0050.425

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