EU asylum figures 2018: Number of asylum applications down to pre-crisis levels


New figures published today by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) show for a third consecutive year that asylum applications in the EU continue to decrease.

In 2018, 634,700 asylum applications were recorded in EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland, a 10% decrease compared to 2017 and similar to the level of the pre-crisis year 2014. EASO’s data also show that the number of pending first instance asylum cases has decreased by almost 50% when compared to its peak in autumn 2016. More information can be found in the press release issued by EASO today.