Cyprus has highest number of first-time asylum applicants relative to population

Cyprus had the highest rate of first time asylum applicants relative to population in the European Union in the third quarter of 2019 according to figures published by Eurostat.
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It said the figure for Cyprus was 3305 first-time applicants per million population. Second was Malta  with 2691 and third Greece with 1645, it said.

By contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Slovakia (12 applicants per million population), Hungary (15) and Poland (18). In the third quarter of 2019, there were in total 324 first-time asylum applicants per million population in the EU as a whole.
Eurostat said that during the third quarter of 2019, 166,400 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU). This was an increase of 12% compared with the second quarter of 2019.
Most applications from Syrians, Afghans and Venezuelans

With 20,900 first-time applicants between July and September 2019, Syrians remained the largest group of persons seeking international protection in the EU Member States, ahead of Afghans (14,400 first-time applicants) and Venezuelans (9,600). 

In the third quarter of 2019, people from these countries comprised the three main citizenships of first-time asylum applicants in the EU Member States, and accounted for 27% of all first-time asylum applicants.

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