Sunday, 4 February 2018

From 2011 to 2017 five million asylum seekers came to Europe

In 2015 almost 1.4 million migrants applied for asylum to the EU states, Norway and Switzerland. In 2016 the figure fell by 7% to 1.3 million and in 2017 to 706,913 asylum applications, a decrease of 43% compared to 2016.

In total, from 2011 to 2017, 5,136,383 asylum seekers came to Europe. This is a number as big as the population of Norway and more than the population of Scotland.

I do not find statistics on how many applications were rejected and if those migrants were then forced to leave. 

Douglas Murray in his 'The Strange Death of Europe' says almost no asylum seekers are deported. Some leave voluntarily, of course, though most do not. According to the UN half a million Syrians have returned to Syria, suggesting that it is safe to do so. I cannot find how many of the half million were returning from Europe.

A study by criminologists conducted for the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has found that between 2014 and 2016 violent crime in Lower Saxony increased by 92% and this increase was attributable to the refugees. This, the criminologists point out, is connected to the fact that the migrants are mostly young men and have arrived without women. Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, who have left countries with big problems, get into trouble markedly less often than Moroccans, Algerians and Tunisians, who have fled peaceful, stable countries.


  1. When people's requests for asylum are denied they rarely return to their home country. Rather they will re-apply with a different spelling of their name, apply in a different country, or simply remain in the country illegally, knowing that there will be no negative repercussions.

  2. There is no reason except sentimentality why Europe should give refuge in Europe to people from other continents, as opposed to helping them in camps near their country's borders. Yet David Miliband thinks that such camps are now outdated and more refugees shoukd be settled in Europe.