New monthly report on asylum: January 2022 – Products Eurostat News

In January 2022, 52,865 first-time asylum seekers (third-country nationals) applied for international protection in EU Member States, up 69% compared to January 2021 (31,345), but down 2% compared to December 2021 (54,090).

Additionally, as of January 2022, there were also 6,225 subsequent claimants (persons who reapplyed for asylum after a decision was made on a previous claim). That was down 46% from January 2021 (the first month this new data was collected for), but up 5% from December 2021.

This information comes from the monthly asylum data published today by Eurostat. The article presents some findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article on monthly asylum statistics published for the first time today.

Source dataset: MIGR_ASYAPPCTZM

Most first-time asylum seekers were Syrians and Afghans

In January 2022, Syrians constituted the largest group of asylum seekers (7,885 first-time applicants). They were followed by Afghans (7,375), ahead of Venezuelans (3,405), Colombians (2,365), Turks and Iraqis (2,340 each).

Almost a third of first-time applicants applied for asylum in Germany

With 15,835 registered first-time applicants in January 2022, Germany accounted for 30% of all first-time applicants in the EU. Germany was followed by France (9,985.19%), ahead of Spain (7,675.15%), Italy (4,340.8%) and Austria (3,175.6%). Together, these five Member States accounted for more than three-quarters (78%) of all first-time applicants in the EU.

2,310 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the EU, almost half of whom were Afghans

The amendment to Council Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 adopted in June 2020 introduced new statistics, as well as increasing the frequency, timeliness and level of detail of statistics from 2021, including including more frequent and detailed information on unaccompanied minors who represent a particularly vulnerable group seeking protection.

  • In January 2022, 2,310 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum for the first time, up 73% from January 2021 (1,335) and down 27% from December 2021 (3,155).
  • Most unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum in January 2022 came from Afghanistan (1,065), Syria (435) and Somalia (165).
  • Austria (505), Germany (415), Belgium (295) are the three Member States which received the highest number of asylum applications from unaccompanied minors in January 2022.

In addition, Eurostat has started to collect new data on asylum applications in the accelerated procedure, on applicants benefiting from material reception conditions and on the types of withdrawal of asylum applications. Datasets with new statistics are continuously published in the database.

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Methodological notes:

  • Lithuania: January 2022 data not available. Data from December 2021 was used instead to calculate EU totals.
  • Denmark, Cyprus and Sweden: Due to temporary derogations, data on subsequent applicants are not available. Therefore, they were not included in the calculation of the EU total. A full list of these derogations is provided in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/431.
  • France, Cyprus and Poland: January 2022 data on unaccompanied minor asylum seekers not available. Accordingly, the EU total has been estimated.
  • Subsequent refugee claimants: a new data collection from reference year 2021. The subsequent claimant is part of the repeat claimant category.
  • The statistics on asylum seekers considered as unaccompanied minors presented in the article refer to the age accepted by the national authorities, but before the age assessment procedure is carried out/completed (i.e. i.e. they refer to the age declared by the applicant).

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