More asylum seekers than following relatives in Q3

19/10/2017 15:00
In Q3 2017, the Netherlands received 4.4 thousand asylum seekers and 2.3 thousand following family members. This means that the number of first asylum requests exceeds the number of following relatives for the first time since Q3 2016. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on figures of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Mainly fewer following relatives from Syria

In Q3 2017, the majority of asylum seekers and relatives joining them were from Syria, Eritrea and Iraq. There were 1.5 thousand fewer following family members from Syria than in Q2. The number of Eritrean relatives joining their family members dropped as well, while the number of following relatives from Iraq remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous quarter. The number of asylum seekers increased slightly for all three groups.

Half of asylum seekers are men

In Q3, more than half of asylum requests were submitted by adult men, but the share of men was lower compared to the previous three quarters, i.e. 53 percent. The share of adult women amounted to 19 percent; 28 percent comprised children.

Over the past quarters, the share of adult following family members has increased to 54 percent in Q3 2017. Adults were still a minority one year previously, namely 40%.