Following family members outnumber asylum seekers in Q1

In Q1 this year 4 thousand asylum seekers and 5.3 thousand following family members were registered in the Netherlands. On the basis of new figures provided by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that asylum seekers were outnumbered by following family members. This was also the case in Q4 2016.

Asylum seekers and following family members, by quarter
 Following family membersAsylum seekers
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 I1.915.58
2016 II1.3053.08
2016 III2.6035.185
2016 IV5.9955.52
2017 I5.284.01

The number of asylum seekers in Q1 2017 was 1.6 thousand down from Q1 2016, whereas the number of following family members was 3.4 thousand up from one year previously. Syrian relatives in particular joined family members already staying in the Netherlands. This also applies to stateless persons, including many Palestinians from Syria and Eritreans.
The number of asylum requests submitted by Algerians and Moroccans in Q1 2017 was slightly lower than in recent quarters, but these nationalities were still among the five largest groups of asylum seekers.

Asylum seekers and following family members, by nationality
 OtherMoroccanAlgerianEritreanStatelessSyrian
Asylum seekers
2016-I3.8950.030.0350.180.251.19
2016-II2.2950.040.040.0350.2550.415
2016-III3.1360.4620.3490.060.6330.545
2016-IV2.740.740.5550.050.720.715
2017-I2.180.2750.3050.050.4750.725
Following family members
2016-I0.285000.2350.331.06
2016-II0.23000.110.2150.75
2016-III0.200.0040.2140.3141.871
2016-IV0.255000.580.454.71
2017-I0.335000.6950.5453.705

More men, but fewer children apply for asylum

The majority of asylum seekers in Q1 this year were adult males (57 percent). The share of adult females was 17 percent. One-quarter were under the age of 18. The share of young asylum seekers is smaller than in Q1 2016, when boys and girls made up nearly one-third of asylum seekers.
The distribution of nationalities of asylum seekers has changed. One year ago, Syrians constituted the largest group and most of them came to the Netherlands as complete families. In the course of 2016, a relatively large group of asylum seekers from Algeria and Morocco arrived; the vast majority of them were men travelling on their own.
Over half of following family members are underage, approximately one-third are women. With 12 percent, the share of men arriving in Q1 was slightly higher than in the preceding two quarters (8 percent).

Asylum seekers and following family members
 GirlsBoysWomenMen
First requests
2016-I12202146
2016-II13212145
2016-III13181950
2016-IV10171559
2017-I9171757
Following family members
2016-I27283411
2016-II25303510
2016-III2831338
2016-IV2831348
2017-I25273612