With populist movements
currently rising in Europe, refugees remain the single most discussed topic in the Union’s political discourse. However, countries with the most prominent xenophobic political movements do not tend to host the largest share of asylum seekers. Our chart shows that even though Germany tops the ranking when it comes to the total number of people seeking refuge in the respective country, it does not come first when looking at the share of refugees in comparison to a country’s total inhabitants. In Italy - ranked fourth when it comes to GDP
in the EU - only 0.5 percent of all inhabitants are seeking refuge. Even though Data suggests that in Latvia, almost 12 percent of the population may count as refugees, almost all of them are statelesse persons who did not flee from conflict. In Estonia most of the persons of concern also technically count as stateless persons.