Number of asylum seekers and relatives almost equal

The Netherlands received 16,145 first asylum requests in 2017; 14,490 following family members arrived. In total, there were 2 percent fewer asylum seekers and following relatives compared to 2016. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

The total number of asylum seekers and following relatives entering the Netherlands in 2017 stood at 30,635, down by 550 on the previous year. The share of following relatives went up to 47 percent in 2017, versus 38 percent one year previously. It is the highest share since a special procedure enables asylum seekers to bring over their family members.

First asylum requests and following family members
   First asylum requests (persons)Following family members (persons)
2013J735465
F675160
M695170
A690300
M615230
J705280
J765340
A740235
S1025405
O1185310
N1055390
D960350
2014J1380230
F910420
M960310
A2225370
M3260240
J1700270
J2000530
A2125330
S2865555
O1905560
N1255695
D1230845
2015J895700
F735580
M805555
A1140570
M2250995
J29251245
J29801645
A53301610
S64351970
O99801740
N62401065
D33801175
2016J2565785
F1795685
M1220440
A985400
M980445
J1115460
J1535665
A1765705
S18901230
O20501550
N19252125
D15402315
2017J13801275
F12502100
M13801910
A11651685
M13001470
J1380940
J1545765
A1445755
S1395745
O1340905
N1335935
D1345995

More adult asylum seekers and following relatives

The percentage share of minors among asylum seekers and following family members dropped compared to 2016, while there were relatively more male and female adults. The shares of minors as well as male adults both amounted to 37 percent. A relatively high number of following family members are underage, but the percentage share has dropped since 2013. In 2017, the share of minors among asylum seekers decreased as well for the first time in several years.

Asylum seekers and following family members by age and sex (%)
 Male adultsFemale adultsMinors
201336.423.839.8
201449.520.230.3
201545.222.132.7
201634.924.440.7
20173726.536.5

Highest number of Turkish asylum seekers since 2002

The Netherlands received 480 Turkish asylum requests in 2017, eight times as many as in 2015 and the highest number since 2002. Since Turkey’s failed coup in June 2016, the number of Turkish asylum requests has been higher than before. In November 2017, 80 Turks submitted a first asylum request. A rise is also seen in most other EU countries since the failed coup attempt, especially in Germany and Greece.

First asylum requests and following family members of Turkish nationality
   First asylum requests (persons)Following family members
2013J50
F100
M50
A50
M00
J00
J55
A00
S55
O05
N55
D00
2014J55
F50
M105
A55
M00
J00
J100
A00
S00
O00
N50
D50
2015J50
F50
M50
A00
M00
J50
J50
A00
S50
O100
N50
D150
2016J50
F50
M50
A510
M50
J50
J150
A300
S550
O300
N500
D300
2017J200
F500
M250
A350
M250
J450
J350
A350
S400
O400
N800
D550

Syrians and Eritreans still account for over half

In 2017, Syrians and Eritreans were the largest groups of asylum seekers and following relatives, just like in the three previous years. They represented 38 and 15 percent respectively of the total number. In addition, stateless persons, often Palestinians from Syria, accounted for 5 percent.

First asylum requests and following family members by nationality
 Syrian Eritrean StatelessOther
201325859852959605
201411555402530308555
2015276558375490516005
2016112603170146015295
2017115504470160013015