Asylum applications from Afghans in Europe are increasing sharply

Status: 03.12.2021 5:02 p.m.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August. Since then, the number of asylum applications from the country has increased massively in Europe. However, the peak of 2015 is far from being reached.

Since the Taliban came to power, the number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan has risen massively: The number of applications in Europe rose by 72 percent in September compared to August to 17,300, said the EU asylum authority Easo.

This means that Afghanistan is currently by far the most important country of origin for asylum seekers in the 27 EU countries as well as Norway and Switzerland. However, significantly fewer migrants still reach Europe than in 2015: At that time, around twice as many asylum applications were only received from Afghans.

Good chances of recognition

According to the EU asylum authority, these people currently have very good chances of recognition. After the fall of the Afghan capital Kabul to the Taliban in August and the chaotic withdrawal of the United States and its allies, fears of a massive refugee movement had been raised. Due to the tense humanitarian situation, the UN had forecast up to half a million refugees from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

According to Easo, a total of 71,200 asylum applications were counted across Europe in September, around a quarter more than in August. The second most applications came from Syria with around 9,100, followed by Turkey with around 3,000 and Iraq with around 2,900.

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