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22 Jun 20

Processing time and the origin mix of asylum applications to European countries.

Authors: BERTOLI Simone.

Abstract: The evolution of the total number of asylum applications that are lodged in European countries reveals the occurrence of violent conflicts or of protracted conditions of insecurity in neighboring countries. This happened in the early 1990s, when the war in the Former Yugoslavia led to a surge in the arrivals of asylum seekers, and again more recently between 2014 and 2016, with large number of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans came to Europe in search for international protection. Over this three-year period, European countries received more than three million asylum applications, with the peak reached in 2015 being more than twice as high as the one recorded back in 1991.

Reference: BERTOLI Simone. Processing time and the origin mix of asylum applications to European countries. LISER, 2020, Policy Brief n°5, 4 p.

Keywords:
asylum applications,
European countries,
conflict,
crossing borders