Further increase in number of Turkish asylum seekers

The number of asylum seekers and following family members from Turkey rose from 185 to 330 between Q1 and Q2 2018. They represented the third largest group, after Syrians and Eritreans. In total, 4,365 asylum seekers and 1,950 following relatives entered the Netherlands in April, May and June. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

In Q2 2018, the Netherlands received 330 Turkish asylum seekers and following family members, versus 185 in Q1. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, the number of Turkish asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands has risen. In Q2 2018, Turks constituted the third largest group of asylum seekers and following relatives, after Syrians (1,345) and Eritreans (1,145).

Since July 2016, around 30 thousand Turkish nationals have requested asylum in countries of the European Union. The majority applied in Germany, Greece and France, and nearly 1,200 in the Netherlands. For the EU as a whole, the number of requests peaked in the autumn of 2017.

Asylum seekers and following relatives of Turkish nationality
   Asylum seekersFollowing relatives
2016Q1100
Q21510
Q31000
Q41100
2017Q1950
Q21050
Q31100
Q41700
2018Q117510
Q232010
Source: CBS, IND

Asylum requests and family reunification stable in past year

A total of 6,315 asylum seekers and following relatives reached the Netherlands in Q2 2018. After a peak in asylum requests in the second half of 2015 and another peak in family reunification at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, the number of asylum seekers and following relatives has been stable over the past four quarters.

Asylum seekers and following relatives
   Asylum seekersFollowing relatives
2013Q12105795
Q22005805
Q32530975
Q432001055
2014Q13255960
Q27185880
Q369851415
Q443852100
2015Q124351840
Q263152805
Q3147455220
Q4196003980
2016Q155801910
Q230801305
Q351852605
Q455205995
2017Q140305300
Q237954095
Q343652260
Q439552835
2018Q142152110
Q243651950
Source: CBS, IND

Many minors among Eritreans

In Q2 2018, there were relatively many minors among Eritrean asylum seekers and following family members, namely 54 percent. Nearly half were female. When looking at asylum requests and family reunification from Turkey and Syria, one-third of the cases involved young people (under 18) and around 40 percent concerned underage or adult women.

Asylum seekers and following relatives, Q2 2018 (%)
 BoysGirlsMenWomen
Syrian18.213.840.127.9
Eritrean32.321.21927.4
Turkish17.215.642.225
Source: CBS, IND