THE EU was flooded with nearly 350,000 applications from asylum seekers over the past 12 months – a rate of almost 1,000 a day.
By: Benjamin Russell
Published: Fri, August 9, 2013 | EXPRESS
Immigration Enforcement offers in London (Pic: Ian Allis/Capital Pictures)
In the first quarter of this year alone, the number seeking asylum in Europe was 85,000.
Germany is being hit hardest by the crisis, dealing with a quarter of all applications – a total of 83,910 in 2012/13.
France was close behind with 62,175.
Britain was the fourth most popular destination with 29,950 people seeking asylum in the country, with 18-35 year olds making up more than half of all applications.
Latest figures from Brussels’ Eurostat department show Russians have made the most applications, totting up 27,645 last year.
Those fleeing war-torn Syria were next on the list with 29,715.
Among those wanting asylum in Britain, Pakistanis made the most applications.
Between January and March this year they accounted for 16 per cent of applications with a total of 1,180.
Next came Iranians, with 780 followed by Sri Lankans with 530.
Some countries appear to take tougher stances on the influx of asylum seekers.
France rejected 84 per cent of people who applied, followed by Belgium with 71 per cent and Germany with 65 per cent.
Britain was in fourth place, rejecting 60 per cent of applications at the first hurdle, while Italy came bottom, with 23 per cent.
Asylum seekers from Serbia were the most likely to be rejected by the EU, with 97 per cent of applications being unsuccessful.
Syrian applicants had the highest level of acceptance, with 63 per cent being granted asylum.