Italy (almost) first. In “asylum seekers”

Italy was second-top in the European Union for the number of first-time asylum applicants registered in 2017 behind Germany. Eurostat says so
Italy (almost) first. In “asylum seekers”
21 March 10:32 2018 Print This Article

Italy had 126,550 requests last year, 19.5% of the total.

That was a rise of 4% on the 121,185 registered in 2016.

Last year the top country of origin of asylum seekers in Italy was Nigeria with 24,950 applications.

With 198,300 first-time applicants in 2017, Germany accounted for 31% of the total in 2017, although the figure was down by 73% on the previous year. Last year 650,000 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the EU, down on 46% on the 1.2065 million of 2016. In the table for last year, Italy was followed by France (91,100 applications), Greece (57,000), the United Kingdom (33,300) and Spain (30,400).


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