Over 470K asylum seekers still awaiting a decision – EASO

Asylum Seekers on the streets

At the end of August there were over 470,000 (471,200) asylum applications still waiting for a first decision, the European Asylum Support Office reports.

EASO says that these applications for asylum in the EU in August, marked a 15,000 increase on July and a new record for pending cases awaiting a decision since December 2017.

They add that by the end of June 2019, there were an equivalent number of appeals cases awaiting a decision, bringing the total number of pending cases to over 895,000 (895,760).

Venezuelan, Salvadorian and Columbian nationals were reported to have received a major increase in the number of first-time decisions in summer 2019. Decisions for Venezuelans increased by 4 times the amount in 2018 while Salvadorian decisions rose by 70%.

Likewise, Syrians, Afghans and Turks were among a group of nationalities that applied for asylum more readily in July than an at any other time in the year.

Overall, the Asylum support service explains that in the 8 months between January and August, there had been 465,000 applications made for asylum in the EU+, an increase of 10%.  August specifically recorded a fall of 12% (55,400). July on the other hand recorded a rise of 62,900.

A full infographic of the break down can be viewed here

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