EU asylum seekers well up in 2013; Hungary stingy

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The European Union statistics office Eurostat has released figures on asylum seekers within the EU for 2013; the message regarding Hungary seems to be that if you’re one of the 4.35% of would-be European residents, prepare to wait for acceptance…

According to Eurostat, the EU saw some 434,160 citizens from outside the Union seek asylum within one of the 28 member states in 2013, a big 23% year-on-year jump from the approximately 335,000 recorded in ’12. Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Italy were by far the leaders in applications received, comprising 70% of the EU-28 total. registered 70% of all applicants.

Recasting the figures in terms of proportions of asylum applicants against population, tops were Sweden (at 5,700 applicants per million inhabitants), Malta (5,300), Austria (2,100), Luxembourg (2,000), Hungary (1,905) and Belgium (1,885).

More precisely, Hungary saw some 18,895 applications – about 4.35% of the overall EU total – submitted in 2013; decisions were only made in 4,540 of first-time applicants, however, with just 360 winning approval: a lowly 7.9% success rate. Applicants meanwhile enjoyed a 34.5% success rate in the average EU-28 member state last year.

Kosovo, Pakistan and Afghanistan accounted for a combined 61.5% of all asylum-seekers in Hungary for the year.

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