Nearly 96.000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the EU in 2015

Statistics from EUROSTAT Statistics from EUROSTAT

13 July 2016
Over half of asylum applications in the European Union are from Afghan minors.


In 2015, there were almost 96,000 asylum applications by unaccompanied minors to the European Union (EU), about four times those in the previous year, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) states in its annual report. These represent about 7% of the total number of applications received by EASO. Of these, just over half were by Afghans, followed by Syrians and Eritreans.  

While 70% of the total number of applications by unaccompanied minors was lodged in just four countries, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Austria, a press release by the European Statistical Office, EUROSTAT, stated that the largest share of applications for asylum anywhere were recorded in Italy.   

Although data on the success rate of asylum applications by unaccompanied minors are unavailable, the Pew Research Centre reports that the highest success rates for all asylum-seekers to Europe are among the Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis.

In the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WWII, 1.4 million refugees have sought asylum in Europe.  Of these, most were from Syria and Afghanistan.  The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), in a report published in mid-June 2016, noted that nine out of 10 minors arriving in Europe through Italy in 2016 had been unaccompanied.

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