More asylum seekers than following relatives in Q3

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).

Asylum seekers and following relatives
 Asylum seekersFollowing relatives
2016 I55801910
2016 II30801305
2016 III51852605
2016 IV55205995
2017 I40105280
2017 II38504095
2017 III43852260

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.

Asylum seekers and following relatives by nationality
 Q2 2017Q3 2017
Asylum seekers
Syrian785815
Eritrean365430
Iraqi200295
Following relatives
Syrian25251260
Eritrean685520
Iraqi105110

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%.

Asylum seekers and following relatives by gender and age (%)
 MenWomenBoysGirls
Asylum seekers
2016-III2595965940690
2016-IV3245830920530
2017-I2290670705345
2017-II2115720640375
2017-III2315835800430
Following relatives
2016-III215860800725
2016-IV475201018351670
2017-I635187514401330
2017-II54514851100970
2017-III400820535495