EU asylum numbers jump by some massive percentages in 2019

The latest figures for 2019 show some shocking increases

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org analyzes the latest EU asylum statistics

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

Last year, 721,070 people applied for asylum in the EU. The number of first-time asylum seekers rose by almost 12%. Some countries saw really dramatic growth.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org offers you a regular analysis of the latest EU asylum figures that have just been published.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org summary

Asylum numbers in the EU are increasing again

  • Total increase in first-time asylum seekers: 11.8%
  • The total number of applications in 2019 was almost one million (721,070).
  • Spain's numbers have more than doubled – in a year
  • The countries with the most numbers were: Germany, France and Spain

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A Brexit Facts4EU.Org country in the spotlight – on Spain

The country with the largest increase in asylum seekers in the past year was Spain. Below we show what has happened to their numbers in the past 10 years.

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The EU has not been able to agree on a coherent migration and asylum policy for years. The fighting continues, although almost all cracks in the creaking EU machine are now covered by the focus on the corona virus, with almost everything else being excluded.

The problems exist at national, EU and EU level relations with its neighbors.

1) Example at national level: Greece. The situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is really terrible now. Even the UN – another "luvvie" organization that has a lot in common with the EU – is now heavily criticizing the lack of action.

2) Example at EU level: resettlement and resettlement of migrants. The EU's migrant policy remains in ruins. The countries could not agree, the Commission and countries like Germany and France have unsuccessfully threatened.

3) EU foreign policy example: Turkey. The enormously expensive EU bribe for Turkey (EUR 6 billion) no longer works. The Turkish President has declared Turkey's borders with the EU open. Tear gas and riot police had to be deployed on the borders of Greece, and migrant boats made it again from Turkey to the Greek islands.

Do we want to go back to this mess?

Many are now saying that Brexit should be put on hold. Even some Brexiters are now demanding an extension of the transition period, which means that we would not really leave the EU at the end of this year. Some – like LibDems – of course call for the complete cancellation of Brexit.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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