Latvia received 580 first-time asylum applications in 2021

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In 2021, 535 000 first-time asylum applicants (non-EU citizens) applied for international protection in EU Member States, up by 28% compared with 2020 (417 100). The figures come from data on asylum applicants published by Eurostat March 23.

The numbers are around the level recorded in 2014 (530 600), before the peaks of 2015 and 2016 due to war in Syria.

With 148 175 first-time asylum applicants registered in 2021, Germany accounted for over one quarter of all first-time applicants in the EU (28%). It was followed by France (103 790, or 19%) and Spain (62 050, or 12%), ahead of Italy (43 900, or 8%) and Austria (36 725, or 7%). These five Member States together accounted for almost three quarters of all first-time asylum applicants in the EU.

Latvia's totals are well below the EU average, even when adjusted for population size. In 2021, in the EU as a whole, there were neary 1 200 first-time asylum applicants per million population. In Latvia the figure was just 300.

In raw numbers, there were 580 first-time asylum applications in Latvia, which while tiny in comparison with most other EU countries, still represents a four-fold increase on the 145 applications received in 2020.

First-time asylum applications in Latvia, 2021
First-time asylum applications in Latvia, 2021

Compared with the population of each Member State, the highest number of registered first-time asylum applicants in 2021 was recorded in Cyprus (14 799 first-time applicants per million residents), ahead of Austria (4 111) and Slovenia (2 474).

In contrast, the lowest numbers were recorded in Hungary (4 first-time applicants per million population), followed by Estonia (57) and Slovakia (60). 

First time asylum applications, 2021
First time asylum applications, 2021

 

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