Around 461,300 asylum applications were received in EU member states last year, according to the EU Asylum Support Office (EASO). The year before, the number was around 671,200.
According to EASO, that is the lowest number of people seeking asylum in the EU since 2013.
The Office cites travel restrictions related to the corona pandemic as an important reason for the decline.
An estimated 4% of the applications came from unaccompanied minor asylum seekers.
On average, around a third of asylum applications are approved. The nationalities that receive asylum the most are Syrians (84%), Eritreans (80%), and Yemenis (75%).
The EASO says that the backlog in case processing has become somewhat smaller in the last year.
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