FECL 54 (May 1998):
FEWER ASYLUM SEEKERS IN WESTERN EUROPE, IN 1996
The figures confirm a downward trend that began in 1993, after a record figure of 696,000 applications in 1992. The fall in applications seems to be essentially due to the fact that fewer people from the former Yugoslavia are seeking protection abroad. The number of asylum seekers from Central and Eastern European countries, in particular from Poland and Bulgaria, has also decreased.
Major decreases in the number of asylum applications were noted in the following countries:
Rises were recorded in:
Germany, once again, received the largest number of applications, amounting to about half of all applications made in the EU.
Turkey is still the country of origin of the largest group of asylum seekers in Western Europe (29,143 in 1996), followed by the states of the former Yugoslavia (25,285), Iraq (22,389, as against only 13,707 in 1995), and the former USSR (17,026).
Source: Eurostat, Quarterly Bulletin, Population and Social Conditions, 1/98.