Applications for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000 people)*

Number of asylum applications in the European Union (EU) 2009-2016 This statistic shows the total number of individuals applying for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2016. The largest number of asylum applications in that 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. Overall numbers increased by 80 percent between 2009 and 2016. For information on illegal border-crossing, click here.
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Number of asylum applications in thousands
2009220
2010204
2011254
2012276
2013354
2014615
20151,230
20161,100
Number of asylum applications in thousands
2009220
2010204
2011254
2012276
2013354
2014615
20151,230
20161,100
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This statistic shows the total number of individuals applying for asylum in the European Union (EU) from 2009 to 2016. The largest number of asylum applications in that 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. 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 2017
Region
EU
Survey time period
2009 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* For France, only asylum applications at the external borders are reported, not inland applications. Figures were rounded.

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