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Number of applications for family reunification declined

The total influx of asylum seekers (first asylum applications, repeated asylum applications and family members of asylum status holders) declined in January 2017 by approximately 30% compared to the previous month (in January 2.698 resp. 3879 in December 2.016).

This decline is mainly attributable to a decrease in the number of family members of asylum status holders.

Despite this decline family members of asylum status holders contribute  47 per cent of the total influx of asylum seekers. In January 2016 this was still only 23 percent. Since November 2016, the share of family members of asylum status holders is greater than the number of first asylum applications.

In January asylum seekers of Syrian nationality were the greatest group (39%) in the total asylum influx; in December, their share was 52%. In second and third place came Eritreans (11%) respectively Stateless persons (7%).

First asylum applications
The number of first asylum applications decreased from 1.401 in December to 1.249 in January. The top three first asylum applications in January was formed by Eritreans (13%), Syrians (12%) and Algerians (10%).

Repeated requests for asylum
The number of repeated applications increased slightly (in January 176 resp. 162 in December). Repeated asylum applications constitute about 7% of the total influx of asylum seekers in January. Successively  Afghans (20%), Iraqis (16%) and Armenians (7%) are the main nationalities in this category.

Family reunification
Family members of asylum status holders may be eligible under certain conditions for a residence permit. From September 2016 an increase was noted in the number of family members of asylum status holders. In January, the total number of family members of asylum status holders was 1.273. In comparison with the number of 2.316 in the previous month this is a decrease of about 45%. For the time being this is an occasional drop over one month. There are no indications that this decline will continue over a longer period.

Within this category Syrians make up the largest group (70%).

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