Figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, have revealed that roughly 300,000 migrants were granted asylum in the European Union in 2019, a figure that’s down six percent from the previous year.
In its report that was published earlier this week, Eurostat noted that the 27 member states of the European Union granted the asylum requests of 295,800 migrants.
The largest group of asylum beneficiaries in the EU in 2019 remained the Syrians (26 percent of the total number). Of the 78,600 Syrians that were granted asylum, 71 percent received it in Germany.
The second-largest group of asylum beneficiaries were Afghan nationals (14 percent), followed by Venezuelans (13 percent). The number of Venezuelans granted asylum in 2019 increased by nearly 4,000 percent compared to the previous year, according to Eurostat.
Iraqis comprised seven percent of the the total number of accepted asylum seekers, while those coming from Turkey, Nigerian, Somalia, Iran, and Eritrea made up three percent of the total number asylum beneficiaries. Two percent came from Pakistan.