Accepted asylum applicants in France from Q1 2014 to Q4 2019

During the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of accepted first instance asylum applications in France was the highest since 2014. Over this period there were 8,885 accepted first instance asylum applicants in the country. It appears that the number of accepted first instance asylum applicants has more than doubled since 2014. During the first quarter of 2014, there were 3,380 accepted first instance asylum applicants in France, compared to more than 8,800 at the end of 2018. These numbers were particularly high in 2016 and 2017. Since the beginning of the European migrant crisis in 2015, France has received more and more asylum applications.

The consequences of the refugee crisis in France

Since 2015, more than 885,000 illegal immigrants took the Western Mediterranean route to reach the European Union. Consequently, France has seen its total number of asylum applications rising since 2015. In 2018, there were a total of 122,743 asylum applications in the country, compared to 57,337 in 2011, few years before the European migrant crisis. More than 32,000 refugees successfully qualified for asylum in France in 2017.

French public opinion on immigration and welcoming refugees

The European migrant crisis has been a sensitive political question not only in France, but in all EU. In a survey from 2018, most of French citizens declared that they did not think that their country had the economic capacity to welcome immigrants. However, they were also a majority to think that it was France’s responsibility to welcome migrants fleeing war and poverty. The European Union recorded 1.1 million asylum applications in 2016, but its welcome policy towards immigration has been criticized in France. That same year more than half of French people thought the EU had an overly generous policy on refugees arriving on the European continent.

Number of accepted first instance asylum applicants in France from 1st quarter 2014 to 1st quarter 2019

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

France

Survey time period

1st quarter 2014 to 4th quarter 2019

Supplementary notes

Data series on decisions on asylum applications and resettlement contain statistical information based on Article 4 of the Council Regulation (EC) no 862/2007 with reference to:

  • First instance decisions by age, sex and citizenship
  • Final decisions by age, sex and citizenship
  • Decisions withdrawing status granted at first instance by type of status withdrawn and by citizenship
  • Decisions withdrawing status granted as final decisions by type of status withdrawn and by citizenship
  • Resettled persons by age, sex and citizenship
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