More Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives

In Q3 2019, the Netherlands received 5,910 asylum seekers and 1,200 following family members. This is more than in each of the previous three quarters, but less than in Q3 2018. The number of Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives rose in particular. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

In Q3 2019, the number of asylum seekers was up by over 700 relative to the previous quarter, but down by almost 300 relative to Q3 2018. The number of following family members increased by 320 relative to Q2 and by 80 year-on-year.

Asylum seekers and following family members (x 1,000)
   Asylum seekersFollowing family members
2015Q12.441.84
Q26.322.81
Q314.755.22
Q419.603.98
2016Q15.581.91
Q23.081.31
Q35.192.61
Q45.526.00
2017Q14.035.30
Q23.804.10
Q34.372.26
Q43.962.84
2018Q14.162.14
Q24.321.97
Q36.211.28
Q45.841.07
2019*Q1*5.410.84
Q2*5.210.88
Q3*5.911.20
Source: CBS, IND
* Provisional figure

More Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives

The overall increase was mainly due to more Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives. Their number rose by 46 percent, from 975 in Q2 to 1,420 in Q3. There were also more Eritrean, Turkish and Algerian applicants, while a decline was seen in the number of applicants from Nigeria and Iran. These six nationalities comprised the largest groups of asylum seekers and following family members in Q2 and Q3 2019.

Asylum seekers and following family members, 2019
 Q3*Q2*
Syrian1420975
Eritrean670525
Nigerian590680
Turkish380320
Iranian365475
Algerian270245
Source: CBS, IND
* Provisional figure

Syrians slightly older

Nearly 30 percent of the Syrian asylum seekers and following relatives who came to the Netherlands in Q3 2019 were over the age of 35. Among the other nationalities, this was 22 percent. In previous quarters as well, Syrians were slightly older on average. The share of young people (under the age of 18) was slightly lower than among the other nationalities, namely 27 percent versus 31 percent.

Asylum seekers and following family members, Q3 2019* (%)
 0 to 11 yrs12 to 17 yrs18 to 24 yrs25 to 34 yrs35 to 44 yrs45 yrs and over
Syrian240145265355210200
Other11655909901670770505
Source: CBS, IND
* Provisional figure

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