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Number of asylum applications in EU on the rise once again

The EU’s asylum agency, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), revealed that from January 1 to the end of June, some 305 000 migrants applied for asylum in the EU, a ten percent increase from the same period in 2018.

Published: August 19, 2019, 10:03 am

    German daily Die Welt reported that according to data from Eurostat, the number of asylum applications since 2015 had fallen, but that may no longer be the case.

    The numbers of asylum applications are currently much higher than those recorded ten years ago in 2009 when Eurostat recorded only 196 000 applications.

    These numbers exclude the waves of illegal migrants entering the EU since many do necessarily apply for asylum. At least half of those who claim to be unaccompanied minors never apply for asylum, since many are actually adults.

    Moreover, the number of legitimate asylum seekers is quite low. In Germany, only 30 to 50 percent of those applying for asylum are in fact eligible. Even though Germany rejects most asylum seekers’ applications, the illegals are nevertheless permitted to stay on in the country and most are never deported.

    Illegal migrants intentionally destroy their identification documents and then claim that they face physical danger in their countries of origin – making it impossible for authorities to prove without a lengthy and costly administrative procedure.

    Slovakia police meanwhile reported that they have detained a group of 30 migrants who attempted to get to the country from neighboring Hungary hidden under a freight train.

    The country has not witnessed many migrants trying to reach western European countries, such as Germany.

    Some 18 migrants from Afghanistan were detained in the southern border station of Sturovo, were traveling from Hungary under the carriages, according to the Associated Press.

    Another group of 12 was detained later, police sources said, as they continued their journey on foot. No further details were made available however.

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