Number of Refugees in EU Declines in 2019
In 2019, the European Union accepted over 20,000 fewer refugees compared to the previous year. The number of people granted asylum in the EU states fell by six percent – from 316,200 in 2018 to 295,800, the European statistical office Eurostat reported on Monday, April 27.
At the same time, 39 percent of all positive decisions on asylum applications (116.2 thousand cases) are in Germany. It is followed by a wide margin in France (42.1 thousand), Spain (38.5 thousand) and Italy (31 thousand).
The data given refers to the current 27 EU member states, that is, without the UK, which in 2019 was still a member of the European Union.
Most of the people who received refugee status came from Syria (78.6 thousand), Afghanistan (40 thousand) and Venezuela (37.5 thousand). A year earlier, according to Eurostat, less than 1,000 Venezuelans officially found shelter in the EU.