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).
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.