18 October 2011

Statistical Reports

Today, UNHCR released the companion to its annual Global Trends publication. The report, Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries: Statistical Overview of Asylum Applications Lodged in Europe and Selected non-European Countries, finds that industrialized countries experienced "a 17 per cent increase in asylum applications in the first half of this year, with most claimants coming from countries with long-standing displacement situations." The principal countries of origin were Afghanistan, China, Serbia, Kosovo, Iraq and Iran.

Eurostat circulated a report last month which also saw a similar upward trend in asylum applications in EU Member States. While more Tunisians sought asylum during this period, the largest groups overall were Afghans, Russians and Iraqis. For more information, see "Number of asylum applicants on rise during the first quarter of 2011," Statistics in Focus, no. 48/2011 (Sept. 2011).

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