The Department of Immigration in Luxembourg’s Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs has confirmed that they have received a total of 182 applications for international protection (asylum) during August.
This number is higher than the 159 recorded in July this year, but is smaller than the figure of 197 who applied for asylum during August 2017. To date, the total number of requests for asylum in Luxembourg this year has been 1,553, compared to 1,222 in the first eight months of 2016 and 840 for the same period in 2015 (in which the total was 2,447).
The majority of the asylum applications have come from people leaving Syria (62), Morocco (22), Iraq (17) and Algeria (12); in total, 37 have come from Europe, 54 from Africa and 91 from Asia. In the first 8 months of the year, there have been the most applications from people fleeing Syria (286), followed by Serbia (153) and Morocco (142).
In August, 245 decisions were taken by the ministry here concerning applications for asylum, of which 123 were granted refugee status. 29 were refused asylum and 72 were sent back to other countries where they had first entered Europe.
In addition, durig August, Luxemourg welcomed 55 persons, of which 51 were from Syria and 4 from Iraq, from Greece.