Europe is applying tighter measures, asylum seeking is falling
The tighter measures that European Union member countries are putting in place in terms of asylum seeking, has led to the number of asylum seekers to fall from one year to another. So, according to Eurostat, in 2016, the total number of people seeking asylum within EU borders was 1.206.500. This figure is twice as high as last year’s figure, indicating that the trend of asylum seeking in the EU is falling. But this doesn’t mean that it is stopping, so much so for Albanians, because last year, almost 1% of the total population of the country decided to undertake such incentive.
In France, Albanians on the top of the asylum list
There’s one country in Europe where Albanians are at the top of the list of those who seek asylum. This country is France. So, according to the figures, last year, the number of Albanians who sought asylum in France was 11 thousand and 395. This is a figure which is almost half of the total of Albanians who have applied for asylum in the EU member countries, namely 22 thousand. Meanwhile, as far as the total number of asylum applications made in the EU is concerned, the first country with the most applications is Germany. During 2017, the number of people who applied for asylum for the first in Germany was 198.300 or 31% of the total number of applicants.
INSTAT: Big difference between Albanians who are leaving and those who return
Meanwhile, the country’s agency for statistics, INSTAT, has confirmed the fact that many Albanians decide to leave the country and seek asylum in the EU member countries. According to this institution, the difference between those who leave and those who are repatriated, is big. INSTAT says that this difference became even greater in 2015, when there was an abnormally large number of people leaving the country, mainly in search of economic asylum. The difference between these entries and exists deepened in 2015 with 405 thousand people. Departures somehow fell in 2016, while the difference between entries and exits was 259 thousand people, but in 2017, it increased again to 373 thousand people. All of this points to an existing trend for Albanian nationals who leave the country to seek asylum.