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Applications for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2017 (in 1,000 people)*

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Number of asylum applications in the European Union (EU) 2009-2017 This statistic shows the total number of individuals applying for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2017. The largest number of asylum applications in this time period was recorded in 2015 at 1.23 million applications. 2016 saw a slight decline in numbers, with roughly 1.1 million people applying for asylum, while 2017 saw a further decrease to 702 thousand. Overall numbers increased by 80 percent between 2009 and 2016. For information on illegal border-crossing, click here.
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This statistic shows the total number of individuals applying for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2017. The largest number of asylum applications in this time period was recorded in 2015 at 1.23 million applications. 2016 saw a slight decline in numbers, with roughly 1.1 million people applying for asylum, while 2017 saw a further decrease to 702 thousand. Overall numbers increased by 80 percent between 2009 and 2016. For information on illegal border-crossing, click here.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
EU
Survey time period
2009 to 2017
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* For France, only asylum applications at the external borders are reported, not inland applications. Figures were rounded.

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