Number of first time asylum applications in Belgium has droppedby Ivano Abbadessa - 2017.06.16
Last year, 14,670 first time asylum seekers were registered in Belgium, 63% down compared to 2015 when the number of requests was 39,064. This sharp decline is the direct result of the European decision to close the immigration route in the Balkans and the agreement with Turkey about refugees. According to the Brussels authorities, Syrian (2,610), Afghans (2,225) and Iraqis (760) remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in Belgium in 2016. They are followed by asylum seekers from Somalia (725), Guinea (720) and Turkey (650 - particular after the failed coup in July 2016).
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