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 Eurostat: number of asylum seekers from Ukraine to EU significantly dropped in 2017

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March 21, 2018

Eurostat: number of asylum seekers from Ukraine to EU significantly dropped in 2017

Last year, nearly 9,000 Ukrainians asked asylum in the EU countries, which is significantly less in comparison with the previous years. 

These data were released by Eurostat on March 20. 

Thus, in 2017, 8,945 Ukrainians asked asylum in the EU countries. For comparison: the number of asylum-seekers from Ukraine was more than 11,000 in 2016, nearly 21,000 in 2015, and 13,500 in 2014. 

There are some countries, where the number of asylum-seekers from Ukraine is relatively high, but it is still lower than the number of applicants from the other countries. 

In particular, 2,720 Ukrainians asked asylum in Italy in 2017 (30% from the total number of citizens of Ukraine who submitted asylum applications in the EU countries). Italy is followed by Spain – 2,185 persons (24%) and Germany – 1,090 persons (12%). 

In Poland, where the authorities often declare about “hundreds of thousands” of refugees from Ukraine, Russians became the leaders by the number of submitted asylum applications. 

In particular, in 2017, 2,120 Russians asked asylum in Poland, which is 71% from the total number of asylum-seekers. Ukrainians are on the second place – 300 asylum applications (10%), and the citizens of Tajikistan are on the third place – 85 asylum applications (3%). 

The Czech Republic experiences the high share of asylum applications from Ukrainians. They asked asylum in this country more frequently than the citizens of any other country did (295 persons or 26% of the total number of asylum-seekers). The same is observed in Portugal (125 persons, or 12%) and Estonia, where 10 Ukrainians asked asylum, which makes up 6% of the total number of asylum-seekers.