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Asylum influx in 2017 equal to 2016

​In 2017 the total asylum influx (first asylum applications, repeated requests for  asylum and family members of asylum status holders) was 31,327; as such it almost equals the total in the year before (2016: 31,642). In comparison, in 2015 the total asylum influx was 58,880. The total number of first asylum applications decreased in comparison to 2016, while the total number of family members of asylum status holders increased in 2017.

​The share of applicants (total asylum inflow) of Syrian and Eritrean nationality was in 2016 the largest (Syrians:  35%; Eritreans 13%).

First asylum applications
The total number of people who filed their first asylum application in 2017 (14,716) decreased compared to 2016 (18,171).

In the last month of 2017, Syrians also formed the largest group (17%). What is striking is the influx in December of Cuban asylum seekers, who were responsible for 9% of the number of first asylum applications.

Family reunification
Family members of asylum status holders may be eligible for a residence permit under certain conditions. The number of family members of asylum status holders arriving in the Netherlands increased in 2017 compared to the previous year (2017: 14,490 against 2016: 11,814). By way of comparison: in 2015, 13.845 family members entered the Netherlands. More than half (59%) of them were Syrian nationals.

The number of asylum applications by unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (AMVs) shows a decrease in 2017 compared to 2016 and 2015 (respectively 1,181, 1,707 and 3,859). In these years Eritrean asylum seekers (about 40% of the total) account for most applications.

Relocation and resettlement
The appendices include the relocation and resettlement figures and asylum figures from Eurostat.


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