Turkish asylum applications to EU down

Turkish people asked for protection mostly from France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Sweden.

 Turkish asylum applications to EU down

Less Turkish citizens sought asylum in European Union member states last year when compared to 2008, a Eurostat report showed on Friday.

Turkey ranked 9th in asylum applications to EU countries in 2008, however, it went down to 12th place in 2009, according to Eurostat data.

In 2008, 7,330 Turks applied for asylum in 27 EU countries. It dropped 5.5 percent after a year and stood at 6,930.

Turkish people asked for protection mostly from France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Sweden.

EU member states granted protection to 78,800 asylum seekers in 2009 compared with 75,100 in 2008. The largest groups of beneficiaries of protection status were citizens of Somalia (13,400), Iraq(13,100) and Afghanistan (7,100).


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