Forced repatriation of ten asylum seekers in May
(CS) Luxembourg authorities registered the arrival of 90 asylum seekers in May, with ten applicants granted refugee status last month compared to 40 refusals and 43 repatriations of which ten were forced.
The number of asylum seekers coming to Luxembourg was higher in May than the previous month, when it was at 78. On the whole, 443 applications were filed between January and May this year. This was more than during the first five months of 2014, when 389 applications for international protection were received.
The largest group of asylum seekers came from Albania (19), followed by Kosovo (17), Bosnia-Herzegovina (9), Iraq (8), and Eritrea and Montenegro (both 7).
Only ten people were awarded refugee status last month, bringing the total number up to 80 for the first five months of 2015. Meanwhile 40 applications were refused and six people had refugee status revoked.
Statistics released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry also show that 43 asylum seekers were repatriated in May, bringing the total number for this year so far up to 275. The majority of these were voluntary (237), but 38 were forced, including ten last month.
Of the people repatriated in May, 16 were from Kosovo, 15 from Bosnia-Herzegovina, four each from Montenegro and Serbia, and one each from Albania, Belarus, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A group of 74 Syrians welcomed in Luxembourg in May do not feature on the statistics as they were transferred from a refugee camp in Turkey and immediately recognised as refugees.