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Austria: Number of asylum seekers dropped by 20 percent during first half of 2019


Zubair Yaqoob
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The Austrian Interior Ministry said the number of asylum seekers had dropped by 20 percent in the first half of this year, Ministry stated.

The ministry said on Saturday that the number of asylum seekers declined significantly compared to previous years, noting that the number of applications decreased by about 1400 during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.

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The Interior Ministry pointed out that 89 percent of the citizens of Syria have been accepted applications for asylum, while 71 percent were approved for asylum seekers from Iran and 55 percent from Somalia, noting that 47 percent were accepted applications for asylum Afghans and 41 percent of them rejected.

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The Ministry said that 64 percent of refugees are male, pointing out that Afghanistan is considered the most exporting countries to refugees followed by Syria, Iran and Iraq, the ministry’s stated that the total number of applications approved was about 5 thousand, while the rejection of about 5,200 applications, That additional protection was granted to about 1100 cases in addition to granting human rights to stay for 966 cases, according to KUNA.

About 172,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria since 2015. Some 101,000 people have been granted protection, according to the latest statistics of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Austria is cracking down on illegal immigrants by deporting thousands of refugees and migrants, with Austrian authorities linking the rise in crime to illegal immigrants.

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