More family reunification from Eritrea

© Ton Toemen
The number of following family members from Eritrea has grown over the past five quarters and this year exceeds the number of asylum seekers from that country. In Q2 2017, 685 following family members and 365 asylum seekers arrived from Eritrea. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

A total of nearly 8 thousand asylum seekers and following family members reached the Netherlands in Q2 2017. The largest group came from Syria, the second largest from Eritrea. Over half of Eritrean asylum seekers and following family members are minors. In 2016, many of these underage asylum seekers came to the Netherlands unaccompanied by an adult.

Asylum seekers and following family members from Eritrea
 Following family membersFirst asylum requests
2013 I40135
2013 II2065
2013 III45280
2013 IV30370
2014 I15325
2014 II303100
2014 III60245
2014 IV85165
2015 I105130
2015 II1052690
2015 III3303025
2015 IV4701510
2016 I330250
2016 II215255
2016 III314633
2016 IV450720
2017 I545475
2017 II685365

Not only Eritrean asylum seekers have been outnumbered by following family members since Q4 2016; this applies to the entire group of following relatives. More than half of these are from Syria.

Again fewer asylum seekers from ‘safe countries’

The number of asylum requests from countries mentioned in the list of safe countries of origin from the Ministry of Security and Justice decreased further in Q2. There were 350 asylum seekers from Algeria and Morocco and 175 from Albania and former Yugoslavia. In Q3 2016, as many as 1,850 people from these countries applied for asylum. According to the ministry, there are no structural human rights violations in these countries and their asylum requests are therefore usually rejected. In addition to the above countries, the list includes Georgia, Ukraine, the United States and Brazil, amongst others.

Asylum seekers by nationality
 Algeria and MoroccoAlbania and former YugoslaviaOther
2016 J154002150
2016 F204651310
2016 M30440750
2016 A10305670
2016 M35275670
2016 J30275810
2016 J854251025
2016 A2203951150
2016 S5052401145
2016 O6501551245
2016 N4152051305
2016 D2352001105
2017 J2101001070
2017 F18595970
2017 M180751125
2017 A14050975
2017 M140401120
2017 J70751235

Hardly any change in composition of asylum seekers and following relatives

The percentage shares of male and female adults among asylum seekers and following family members have become more and more similar since mid-year 2015. In Q2 2017, 33 percent of asylum seekers and following relatives were male adults; 28 percent were female adults. Minors accounted for a share of 39 percent. The rising share of women and minors reflects the shift from asylum seekers to following family members, as the latter group usually includes more women and children than the group of asylum seekers.

Asylum seekers and following family members by age and sex
 Male adultsFemale adultsMinors
2013 I352738
2013 II342442
2013 III372340
2013 IV382339
2014 I452233
2014 II541927
2014 III511930
2014 IV452234
2015 I352540
2015 II412435
2015 III472032
2015 IV472231
2016 I382538
2016 II342540
2016 III362341
2016 IV322543
2017 I312841
2017 II332839