According to a report by Welt am Sonntag, Germany ranked first in the European Union in the first three months of the year (January 1 to April 3, 2021) with 26,240 new asylum applications, followed by France (20477) and Spain (13034). With 4,828 asylum applications in the first quarter, Austria will be sixth, behind Italy and Greece. At the bottom of the list is Estonia with eleven and Hungary with only eight asylum applications.
39 percent of asylum seekers in Austria are from Syria, 22 percent from Afghanistan and 8.2 percent from Morocco, according to the German newspaper, citing a confidential report prepared by the European Union Commission on the current immigration status in Europe, which is based on not previously published . Figures from the European Union Asylum Service (EASO). In Germany, 41% of applicants are Syrians, followed by Afghans (14%) and Iraqis (7%).
A total of 102,674 asylum applications were submitted in the European Union plus Switzerland and Norway in the first quarter. This represents a much larger decrease by a third compared to the same period last year, which is mainly due to the Corona pandemic. The number of illegal immigrants from Turkey to the European Union also decreased to 2,368 by mid-April, down 74 percent compared to the same period the previous year. Here, too, the cause of the sharp decline is the Corona pandemic. It was the main country to reach Greece (1,822 immigrants), followed by Italy (477) and Bulgaria (99).