REPORT: EU SEES INCREASE IN ASYLUM SEEKERS IN 2012

12 Jul 2013 11:19
BRUSSELS, July 9 (Bernama) -- The number of asylum seekers in the European Union (EU) increased by 11 percent to 335,000 last year, the European Asylum Support Office said. EU member states granted protection to 28 percent of those asylum seekers in 2012, showing a moderate increase from 2011, Xinhua news agency quoted the office saying in its annual report. Greece, Luxembourg, Sweden and Italy formally requested support from the office in 2012, the report said. Balkan countries continued to represent the bulk of applications for asylum, although only four percent of those were considered by member states as well-founded. The number of applicants from Afghanistan exceeded 28,000, which continued to be the largest from one single country. Syria showed the highest increase in the number of applications last year, with over 95 percent applications accepted by EU member states. Other high recognition rates were noted for citizens of Eritrea, Mali and Somalia. --BERNAMA EE