Author: GAŠPER ZAVRŠNIK
Germany is the most popular destination with 60 percent of fresh asylum applications last year.
Last year, 1.2 million first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in European Union countries, according to official data.
The figure, in a report from the EU statistics agency Eurostat published Thursday, is a decrease of around 50,000 on the previous year — but the number of asylum applications was more than double that recorded two years ago (562,680 in 2014).
Almost one third of the applicants in 2016 were Syrians (334,820), followed by Afghans (182,985) and Iraqis (126,955).
With 60 percent of all recorded applications in the EU, Germany remained the most popular destination among the first time asylum seekers, ahead of Italy, France and Greece. It also received the most applicants per capita, with 8,789 applicants per million inhabitants, Germany. Greece (4,625 per million inhabitants) and Austria (4,587) were second and third, respectively, while Slovakia had the lowest number with 18 applicants per million inhabitants.