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EU Member States granted protection to more than 700 000 asylum seekers in 2016

26.04.17

EU Member States granted protection to more than 700 000 asylum seekers in 2016

According to Eurostat the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 710 400 asylum seekers in 2016, more than double the number of 2015.

The largest group of beneficiaries of protection status in the EU in 2016 remained citizens of Syria (405 600 persons, or 57% of the total number of persons granted protection status in the EU Member States), followed by citizens of Iraq (65 800 or 9%) and those of Afghanistan (61 800 or 9%).

The citizens of Ukraine received 300 positive decisions on protection (the receiving states were Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic and Liechtenstein).

These data on the results of asylum decisions in the EU are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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