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Graphic toont asielaanvragen in EU van 2001 tot 2017 en recente cijfers per land.


Transitcentra voor asielzoekers

July 3, 2018 - Duitsland plant “transitcentra” aan de grens met Oostenrijk voor asielzoekers die in andere EU-landen staan geregistreerd. Zij kunnen dan direct vanuit het centrum teruggestuurd worden naar het land waar ze Europa binnenkwamen.

Austria has threatened measures to protect its borders if the plan goes ahead -- a sign that the deal could affect the EU’s Schengen passport-free travel zone.

On Monday, the European Commission announced an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece in their response to the migratory challenges they face.

Spain will receive €25.6 million to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern coast and in Ceuta and Melilla. A further €20 million will be awarded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve reception conditions in Greece, notably on the island of Lesvos.

Only in Spain have arrival numbers risen, from more than 16,000 in all of 2015 to 17,781 in the first three months of 2018, while Greece has received 13,726. Overall, the number of persons seeking asylum from non-EU countries in the EU-28 during the first quarter of 2018 was 131 000, a number around the levels recorded in 2014, before the peaks of 1.3 million in 2015 and 2016.

PUBLISHED: 03/07/2018; STORY: Graphic News