Croatia approves fewest asylum requests in EU

The 28 European Union member states granted protection status to 333,350 asylum seekers in 2015, an increase of 72% compared with 2014, and Croatia was among the countries that approved the fewest applications for asylum, Eurostat said on Wednesday.

Half the number of asylum requests granted were recorded in Germany (148,200), followed by Sweden (34,500), Italy (29,600), France (26,000), the United Kingdom (17,900), Austria (17,800) and the Netherlands (17,000).

A total of 40 asylum requests were approved by Croatia, which places it at the bottom of the list in the EU, followed only by Latvia with 30 requests granted. Most of the beneficiaries of protection status granted in Croatia were from Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan.

The largest group of beneficiaries of protection status in the EU in 2015 remained citizens of Syria (166,100 persons, or 50% of the total number of persons granted protection status in the EU member states), followed by citizens of Eritrea (27,600 or 8%) and those of Iraq (23,700 or 7%).

Since 2008, nearly 1.1 million asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49


More from Croatia

PM dismisses claims of reviving fascism in Croatia

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Monday dismissed the insinuations about...

U.S. official says fascistisation not visible in Croatia

A senior US official said on Monday that fascistisation was not visible in Croatia, as claimed by Serbia, which has...

NGOs recall 6 Dec 1991 army attack on Dubrovnik

The Documenta Centre for Dealing with the Past from Zagreb and the Human Rights Action and the Centre for Civic...

Netanyahu thanks Croatian PM for Croatia's assistance in fighting wildfires

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic for the assistance...

FM talks controversial memorial plaque in Jasenovac

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Monday addressed comments that the government was not...