EU asylum numbers jump by some massive percentages in 2019

Latest figures for 2019 show some shocking increases

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org analyses the EU’s latest asylum statistics

As we predicted last year, the downward trend in asylum numbers in the EU since the disastrous years of 2015 and 2016 has reversed.

A total of 721,070 people claimed asylum in the EU last year, 2019. The number of first-time asylum seekers rose by almost 12%. Some countries saw truly dramatic increases.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org brings you its regular analysis of the latest EU asylum figures, just released.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Asylum numbers in the EU are increasing again

  • Overall increase in first-time asylum applicants: 11.8%
  • Total applications in 2019 were almost ¾ of a million (721,070)
  • Spain’s numbers more than doubled – in one year
  • Countries with most numbers were: Germany, France, and Spain

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A Brexit Facts4EU.Org country spotlight – on Spain

The country showing the largest increase in first-time asylum seekers last year was Spain. Below we show what has happened to their numbers over the last 10 years.

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Observations

For years the EU has been unable to agree any coherent policy on migration and asylum. The fights are ongoing, albeit that almost all the fissures in the creaking EU machine are now obscured by the focus on the Coronavirus to the exclusion of almost everything else.

The problems exist at national level, EU level, and at the level of the EU’s relationships with its neighbours.

1) Nation-level example: Greece. The situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is now truly awful. Even the UN – a fellow ‘luvvie’ organisation which has much in common with the EU - is now severely criticising the lack of action.

2) EU-level example: Migrant relocation and resettlement. The EU’s policies on migrants continue to lie in tatters. Countries have been unable to agree, threats have been made by the Commission and by countries such as Germany and France, to no avail.

3) EU foreign policy example: Turkey. The EU’s hugely expensive bribe to Turkey (€6 billion) is no longer working. Turkey’s President has declared Turkey’s borders to the EU to be open. Tear gas and riot police have had to be deployed on Greece’s borders, and migrant boats are once again making it from Turkey to the Greek islands.

Do we want to return to this mess?

Many are now saying that Brexit should be put on hold. Even some Brexiteers are now calling for an extension to the Transition Period, meaning that we would not truly leave the EU at the end of this year. Some – like the LibDems – are of course calling for Brexit to be cancelled in its entirety.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Tues 24 Mar 2020

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