The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has said that in June asylum applications slightly decreased from May while their number went down 15% in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year.
Asylum applications filed in June were slightly down on the previous month, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has said.
In June, some 51,300 applications for international protection were lodged, some 1,600 fewer than in May. The decrease was more significant over the first semester of 2018, EASO said. In the first half of the year, some 301,390 applications were filed, down 15% from the first half of 2017. Most requests in June were filed by applicants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria, with a drop of those filed by Afghans and Syrians and an increase of requests by other nationalities.
Number of repeated applications on the rise
Consistent with previous months, one out of 10 applicants had previously lodged an asylum application in the same reporting country. In June, there were 5,386 repeated applicants. Despite the decrease in the overall number of applications lodged in EU countries, the number of repeated applications increased in the first half of 2018, EASO said. A total of 31,507 were reported, up 15 percent from the first six months of 2017.
2.5 % of applicants said they were unaccompanied minors
A reported 2.5 percent of the applicants were self-claimed unaccompanied minors, EASO said. The majority of them were from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Pakistan; however, the highest concentration was among applicants from Vietnam (15 percent of all Vietnamese applicants claimed to be UAMs), Gambia and Eritrea (11 percent each).
Most applicants in June were from Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria
The main countries of origin of applicants in June were Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria. However, Syrians and Afghans filed slightly fewer applications, whereas nationals of Iraq (+ 182, + 6 percent) and Pakistan (+ 303, + 14 percent) lodged more applications than in May.
More changes were reported beyond the five most common countries of origin. For example, Venezuelan applicants lodged far fewer applications than in May (- 921, - 30 percent), but applications were still at a much higher level than at the beginning of the year. Other countries with fewer applicants were Bangladesh (- 283, - 20 percent), Colombia (- 269, - 19 percent) and Somalia (- 243, - 21 percent).