Syrians accounted for 18.4% of applicants (160) from January to April
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Find out how many people applied for asylum in Luxembourg this year and how many were sent back
Syrians continue to be the largest group applying for international protection in Luxembourg as the pace of asylum applications begins to increase again.
According to the latest report from the foreign ministry, Luxembourg received 868 asylum applications in the first four months of 2017, the highest number for the same period recorded in the last three years.
Syrians accounted for 18.4% of applicants (160) from January to April, followed by Serbians (105), Moroccans (84), Algerians (77), Albanians (60) and Georgians (56).
Meanwhile, in early 2017 MEC asbl produced its first magazine, Move Together, for the international protection community in Arabic, French and English.
Since the beginning of the year, 271 people were granted international protection or subsidiary protection, an average rate of 67 approvals per month.
The government ruled on 1,242 applications since the start of 2017, an average of 310 decisions per month. Regarding rulings made in April, three applications dated back to 2012.
Luxembourg returned 51 refused applicants in April and 175 since the start of the year. The majority were returned to Kosovo (64), Bosnia-Herzegovina (25), Albania (24), Serbia (14) and Ukraine (11), among others.