Cyprus granted protection status to 1300 asylum seekers in 2017

The member states of the EU granted protection status to 538.000 asylum seekers in 2017, while Cyprus has granted protection status to 1300.

The 28 member states of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 538.000 asylum seekers in 2017, 25% less than in 2016, according to the statistic service of the EU, Eurostat. According to Eurostat, Cyprus has granted protection status to 1005 Syrians, (78% of the total of 1300 positive decisions), to 75 Somalians people (6%) and 50 Iraqis (4%).

Apart from them, member states of the EU host almost 24.000 refugees with the status of relocation. In the EU, the largest group of beneficiaries with protection status were Syrian citizens (175.800 people or 33% of the total persons who have been provided with protection in the member states of the EU), followed by the citizens of Afghanistan (100.700 or 19%) and those who come from Iraq (64.300 or 12%). The number of the decisions providing protection status to the citizens of Syria is less than in 2016, however they remained the largest group that was provided with the protection status in 18 member states within the EU.

In 2017, the largest amount of people with protection status was registered in Germany (325.400), followed by France (40.600), Italy (35.100), Austria (34.000) and Sweden (31.200). From the total amount of people who were provided with the protection status in 2017, refugee status was provided to 271.600 people (50% of the total positive decisions), to 189.000 subsidiary protection was provided (35%) and to 77.500 accommodation permission for humanitarian reasons (14%). It is notable that the status of the EU for the refugees and the subsidiary protection is defined by the European Law, while the humanitarian status is only provided based on the national legislation.

Cyprus has issued 1300 positive decisions for asylum claims, 235 for refugee status and 1065 for subsidiary protection.