BRUSSELS, October 9 (Itar-Tass) - The number of applicants for asylum in 27 EU countries, except Croatia, exceeded 103,000 in Q2 2013, which is 50% more than in the same period a year before, the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) reported Wednesday.
The Eurostat said most asylum applications came from Russian people, including those living abroad — 16,800, followed by those from people in Syria (8,300), Kosovo (8,100), Afghanistan (6,000) and Pakistan (5,900). As for the continents that have seen the most active migration to Europe, Africa and Asia still rank at the top.
Syrian people enjoy the largest asylum grant rate (90%), whereas getting asylum is the hardest thing for Russians, with 80% of applications rejected.
The Eurostat’s research has shown asylum seekers have clear preferences for definite EU countries. Thus, Russians are mainly eager to get asylum in Germany (7,000) and Poland (6,900), while Syrians prefer southern countries. Georgian refugees seek asylum in the Baltic countries, whereas France is “the promised land” for migrants from Northern and Equatorial Africa. Finally, the UK attracts people from its former Asian colonies, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.