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Asylum applications in the EU increased by a third since 2020

With Syrians and Afghans as the main groups of applicants, the European Union received 648,000 applications for international protection last year, a third more than in 2020, the EUAA asylum agency said today.

The bloc received around 3.4 million requests for temporary protection from those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The EUAA said that in total around 6 million people fled the Russian invasion to the EU, although many have since returned.

Applications from Syrians and Afghans totaled 117,000 and 102,000 respectively, followed by citizens of Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Bangladesh. The main destinations were France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

According to the asylum agency, half of all applicants were between the ages of 18 and 34, while around 70% were men. Nearly three out of ten applications were from minors and four percent of all applications were from unaccompanied minors.

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