European Asylum Support Office (EASO) informs that, compared to 2019, in 2020 the number of asylum applications lodged in the European Union decreased by 31 percent (from 671 200 in 2019 to 461 300 in 2020). It accounts for the lowest rate since 2013.
The trends are identified with the COVID-19 virus outbreak and restricted health protection measures in the Union states.
Approximately 4 percent of all asylum applications registered in the EU (1 percent increase from the last year) were lodged by unaccompanied minors.
As in 2019, in 2020 most frequently asylum applications in the EU were lodged by Syrians (14 percent), Afghans, Venezuelans, Colombians and Iraqis. Taken together, they account for over two fifths of all asylum applications registered in the EU.
Even though the recognition rate remained similar to that of the previous year (approximately 32 percent), overall number of first instance decisions was higher than total sum of asylum applications lodged.
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