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)
2013 J735465
2013 F675160
2013 M695170
2013 A690300
2013 M615230
2013 J705280
2013 J765340
2013 A740235
2013 S1025405
2013 O1185310
2013 N1055390
2013 D960350
2014 J1380230
2014 F910420
2014 M960310
2014 A2225370
2014 M3260240
2014 J1700270
2014 J2000530
2014 A2125330
2014 S2865555
2014 O1905560
2014 N1255695
2014 D1230845
2015 J895700
2015 F735580
2015 M805555
2015 A1140570
2015 M2250995
2015 J29251245
2015 J29801645
2015 A53301610
2015 S64351970
2015 O99801740
2015 N62401065
2015 D33801175
2016 J2565785
2016 F1795685
2016 M1220440
2016 A985400
2016 M980445
2016 J1115460
2016 J1535665
2016 A1765705
2016 S18901230
2016 O20501550
2016 N19252125
2016 D15402315
2017 J13801275
2017 F12502100
2017 M13801910
2017 A11651685
2017 M13001470
2017 J1380940
2017 J1545765
2017 A1445755
2017 S1395745
2017 O1340905
2017 N1335935
2017 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
2013 J50
2013 F100
2013 M50
2013 A50
2013 M00
2013 J00
2013 J55
2013 A00
2013 S55
2013 O05
2013 N55
2013 D00
2014 J55
2014 F50
2014 M105
2014 A55
2014 M00
2014 J00
2014 J100
2014 A00
2014 S00
2014 O00
2014 N50
2014 D50
2015 J50
2015 F50
2015 M50
2015 A00
2015 M00
2015 J50
2015 J50
2015 A00
2015 S50
2015 O100
2015 N50
2015 D150
2016 J50
2016 F50
2016 M50
2016 A510
2016 M50
2016 J50
2016 J150
2016 A300
2016 S550
2016 O300
2016 N500
2016 D300
2017 J200
2017 F500
2017 M250
2017 A350
2017 M250
2017 J450
2017 J350
2017 A350
2017 S400
2017 O400
2017 N800
2017 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