According to the European Union Asylum Department, the number of foreigners applying for asylum in the bloc’s member states is expected to increase further next year.
The central department responsible for monitoring and coordinating asylum-related matters in EU member states is called the European Union Asylum Authority or EUAA. According to Nina Gregory, the female head of this department, in the new year 2023, which will start soon, the block will see an increase in asylum applications by foreigners.
In an interview with Germany’s Funke Media Group, Nina Grigori said that it has become abundantly clear that the current rising trend of asylum applications by foreign migrants and refugees in the European Union is just a matter of time. The period will continue.
He said that in many countries of the world, ordinary citizens are facing such instability and threats, as a result of which they try to escape from their native societies and seek refuge in other countries. In the words of Nina Gregory, it is unfortunate that these factors are not proving to be transitory.
Nearly 800,000 asylum applications in 10 months
According to the head of the European Union Asylum Authority, in the first 10 months of the year 2022, a total of 790,000 foreigners submitted asylum applications in the member states of the Union. This number was about 54 percent higher than the first ten months of 2021.
According to the data of EUAA, among these nearly 800,000 applicants, the largest number were citizens of the Arab country Syria, which has been suffering from civil war for many years. After Syrian nationals, the second and third highest number were from Afghanistan and then from Turkey.
A similar trend in Germany and the EU
In terms of the number of foreigners seeking asylum during the year 2022, Germany, the Union’s most populous country, saw the same trend as was seen across the EU.
In 2022, from January 1 to November 30, the number of foreigners who applied for asylum in Germany was about one hundred and ninety thousand. This number was 43.2% higher than the number of asylum applications filed in Germany during the first 11 months of 2021. Residents of Ukraine were not counted in the overall number of foreigners applying for asylum in the EU.
Because, on the one hand, millions of such citizens arrived in various member countries of this block as an emergency after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and on the other hand, according to a decision of the political leadership of the European Union, this block is for refugees coming from Ukraine. It is not mandatory to submit formal asylum applications for temporary stay in any of the member countries.
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