EU agency says asylum numbers up, could strain facilities

Nov 8, 2022, 12:13 PM | Updated: Nov 9, 2022, 3:27 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of people applying for international protection in Europe has reached highs not seen since well over 1 million people sought refuge on the continent seven years ago and could place strain on national asylum systems, a European Union agency said Wednesday.

About 84,500 people applied for asylum in August in the 27 EU member countries plus Norway and Switzerland, while around 255,000 others, most of them from Ukraine, also sought some form of temporary protection, the EU Asylum Agency said. It’s a 16% increase over the month of July.

Almost one third of the applicants were from Afghanistan and Syria. Turkish, Indian and Moroccan nationals also sought refuge in increasing numbers, the agency said. Many people from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tunisia and Georgia applied too.

The agency said that the numbers for August amount to about half of those recorded in late 2015, where monthly totals were up to 170,000. It said many of those who apply are entering Europe from the western Balkans region.

The mass arrival of Syrian war refugees, mostly into the Greek islands, in 2015 overwhelmed European reception facilities and sparked one of the EU’s biggest political crises. Nations bickered over who should take responsibility for the refugees and whether other countries should help.

The problem has not been resolved, and an overhaul to the EU’s asylum system is making little headway.

The agency said that asylum applications lodged by Syrians and Afghans increased in August by around 30% compared with the month of July. Afghan nationals have lodged about 127,000 applications since the Taliban took control in August 2021 following the chaotic U.S.-led exit of international forces.

The number of children traveling alone who applied for international protection in Europe also rose sharply in August to almost 4,700, up by 28% from July, agains mostly from Afghanistan and Syria, the agency said.

The third-largest group of nationals seeking protection came from Turkey, which is a candidate for EU membership and has received billions of euros in European funds over the last seven years to help stop Syrian nationals from entering Europe. Around 4,600 Turks applied for asylum in August, the most since at least 2014.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, standing at rear, speaks during a censure motion a...
Associated Press

Australian Parliament censures former prime minister

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s former Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday listed his achievements in government including standing up to a “bullying” China as he unsuccessfully argued against being censured by the Parliament for secretly amassing multiple ministerial powers. The center-left Labor Party government introduced to the House of Representatives a rare censure motion […]
20 hours ago
Associated Press

Colombia asks for legal status for its people already in US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia wants the Biden administration to grant temporary legal status to its citizens now living in the United States, noting its own efforts to address regional migration by hosting 2 million Venezuelans who fled their homes. Gustavo Petro, who was elected Colombia’s first leftist president in June, is committed to the […]
20 hours ago
FILE - A woman, center, leaves to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office at Ulsan Jungbu po...
Associated Press

Bodies-in-suitcases suspect appears in New Zealand court

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A woman who was extradited from South Korea this week after the bodies of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases made her first court appearance in New Zealand on Wednesday. The 42-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of murder. She was not required to enter a […]
20 hours ago
Associated Press

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million. The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had […]
20 hours ago
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, left, walks in front of a memorial set up outside Club Q in Colorado Spr...
Associated Press

Colorado governor visits shooting site as community heals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In a crowded brewery, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis embraced Richard Fierro, the veteran hailed as a hero after tackling a shooter who killed five people and injured 17 others at the LGBTQ enclave Club Q last week. There was a festive atmosphere Tuesday at Atrevida Beer, owned by Fierro, where […]
20 hours ago
FILE - An SUV rests inside an Apple store behind a large hole in the glass front of the store on No...
Associated Press

Lawsuits claim negligence in Massachusetts Apple store crash

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a man who was badly hurt when an SUV crashed into an Apple store in Massachusetts, killing one person and injuring 20, sued the company, the driver and the property owners Tuesday in one of the first lawsuits filed over the crash. Matthew Timberger, of Falmouth, suffered broken bones […]
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
EU agency says asylum numbers up, could strain facilities