The number of people applying for international protection in Luxembourg remained stable in March.
According to new figures published on Statec (pdf) on Monday, the foreign affairs ministry received 132 applications, bringing the total received so far in 2018 to 428. It showed a slowing down in demand compared to 2017, when 683 people applied for asylum during the first three months.
Syrians made up the largest group of applicants in March at 10.5%, followed by Georgians (9.3%), Moroccans (9.3%), Algerians (7.2%), Serbians (7%), Iraqis (6.5%), Kosovans (6.5%), Tunisians (6.1%) and Afghanistanis (5.8%).
Since the start of 2018, Luxembourg has granted refugee status to 249 people, of which a fifth applied as far back as 2015. It issued subsidiary status to 37 people and rejected 78 applications. Meanwhile, 93 people, whose applications were refused, were repatriated in 2018, of whome 13 were forcibly returned.