Record number of asylum seekers from Syria
(CS) Last month, 20 individuals from Syria sought asylum in Luxembourg, making it a record month for people from the Middle Eastern country seeking international protection in the Grand Duchy.
The influx of Syrian asylum seekers has been comparatively small over the first seven months of 2015, with individuals from Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro making up the largest proportion of applicants (42.9 percent combined).
The number of asylum seekers from Syria has meanwhile fluctuated strongly, from none in January to 20 in July.
This put Syria on par with Kosovo, from where 20 people arrived in Luxembourg during the same month.
On the whole, July saw 106 asylum seekers apply for international protection in the Grand Duchy, a sharp increase compared to the same month in 2014, when only 84 people requested asylum.
Over the course of 2015 meanwhile there has been a steady increase in asylum seeker numbers, to reach a total of 650 by the end of July.
So far this year, 103 people have been recognised as refugees, while 356 applicants had their request denied. Another 412 individuals were returned to their country of origin between January and July of this year.
Some 74 Syrian refugees transferred to Luxembourg from camps near the Syrian border do not appear in the statistics, as they did not have to complete the regular application process but were granted refugee status immediately.