New applications reach four-year low
(CS) The number of new applications for international protection in Luxembourg dropped for the fourth consecutive month in April, reaching just 49, the lowest monthly figure reported since 2010.
The last time the number of asylum seekers was below 50 per month was in July 2010.
Asylum seeker numbers have continually decreased since the start of the year – from 94 in January to just 49 last month. The number of applications over the first four months of 2014 is, however, only slightly below that of the same period last year.
Between January and April 2013, some 316 people applied for international protection in Luxembourg. So far this year, 301 applications were filed. This is less than half the number of applicants seen over the same period in the record years 2011 and 2012.
The highest number of asylum seekers in April 2014 came to Luxembourg from Albania (16) and Kosovo (6).
A group of 23 Syrian refugees, who were immediately granted international protection, were not registered in the latest asylum seeker statistics, as they were not obliged to follow regular application procedures.
The number of decisions made is still below the number of new applications received. In total 104 applications were processed in April. Only three applicants were allowed to stay in Luxembourg, bringing the total number of refugees accepted this year to 43.
Meanwhile, 45 applicants were returned to their country of origin in April, out of a total of 216 in 2014 so far.