2.7 thousand asylum requests in January

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In January 2017, a total of 2.7 thousand new asylum seekers and following family members were registered, down 1.2 thousand compared to December 2016 and nearly 700 fewer than in January 2016, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) based on new figures released by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

The decline is mainly attributable to a decrease in the number of following family members in comparison with December (1.3 thousand vs. 2.3 thousand). The number of first asylum requests was slightly lower at 1.4 thousand than one month previously (1.5 thousand).

Asylum seekers and following relatives
Asylum seekers and following relatives
 Following relativesFirst asylum requests
"15 J0.70.895
"15 F0.580.735
"15 M0.5550.805
"15 A0.571.14
"15 M0.9952.25
"15 J1.2452.925
"15 J1.6452.98
"15 A1.615.33
"15 S1.976.435
"15 O1.749.98
"15 N1.0656.24
"15 D1.1753.38
"16 J0.7852.565
"16 F0.6851.795
"16 M0.441.22
"16 A0.40.985
"16 M0.4450.98
"16 J0.461.115
"16 J0.6651.535
"16 A0.7051.765
"16 S1.231.89
"16 O1.552.05
"16 N2.1251.925
"16 D2.3151.54
"17 J1.2751.38

Most asylum seekers and family members from Syria

Similar to the previous month, the largest group among first-time asylum seekers was from Syria (255), followed by Eritrea (195), Algeria (120), Morocco (90) and Georgia (75).
In January, the large majority of following family members were from Syria (895); another 155 following relatives were stateless persons while 125 were Eritrean nationals.

Asylum seekers, five largest groups in January 2017
Asylum seekers, five largest groups in January 2017
 SyrianEritreanAlgerianMoroccanGeorgian
2016 Jan70513510520
2016 Feb3607051525
2016 Mar12550201060
2016 Apr160655540
2016 May10070251040
2016 Jun155125102040
2016 Jul190230355060
2016 Aug1802359013040
2016 Sep17517022528040
2016 Oct21524026039070
2016 Nov21529019022580
2016 Dec28519510513060
2017 Jan2551951209075