7000 asylum requests submitted to Greece in one month alone

7000 asylum requests submitted to Greece in one month alone 1

asylumAsylum applications submitted to Greece have reached record heights with increases ranging from 400% to 1000%, with November 2016 recording a sharp increase of 593%, translating to 7,625 requests compared with the monthly average in 2015 of 1,100.

The sharpest increase in asylum applications was recorded in Thessaloniki (1,514.1%), Lesvos (824.1 %) and Thrace (402.5%), while in the region of Attica the increase was much lower (62.3%).

Asylum requests submitted by women refugees in November jumped 932.7% and by unaccompanied minors 711.4%, while the total number asylum requests submitted by men in 2016 reached 27,812, from women 16,563 and from unaccompanied minors 2,072.

The highest number of asylum requests was submitted in autumn, with 5,125 in September and 6,268 in October. Most of the applicants were Syrians (23,649), followed by Pakistanis (4,066), Iraqis (4,055) and Afghans (3,295).

However, the largest increase in requests compared to 2015 came from those filed by Palestinians (1,800%), followed by Iraqis (1,500%), Algerians (1,372.7%) and Syrians (1,133.7%).

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.