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Asylum seekers in Europe



This site features an UNHCR dataset that was published by the Guardian in April 2012. 

Below is a map with the amount of asylum seekers in Europe in 2011. We zoom in on Europe, because it is where the most asylum seekers go. See the map for the whole world here.



What we see in the data is that the two countries with the largest inflow of asylum seekers are France and Germany. Italy, Sweden and the UK follow.

United Kingdom vs The Netherlands

While the world saw 20% more asylum seekers globally, there are differences on country level. This chart shows the difference between The Netherlands and the UK in the past three years.


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asylum seekers 2009
asylum seekers 2010
asylum seekers 2011
United Kingdom306702264025420
Netherlands149101333011590


Top 5 fastest growing countries

Here we can see the top 5 countries (with more than 1000 asylum seekers) that saw the biggest rise in asylum seekers at their borders between 2010 and 2011. To explore this data, hover over the table and select 'open widget in Silk explorer'.


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annual change 2011 to 2010
asylum seekers 2011
asylum seekers 2010
Malta1221%1850140
Serbia320%3320790
Italy240%3412010050
Luxembourg192%2160740
Republic of Korea135%1010430


When we explore the data a bit further, we can see the reason why Malta has the biggest growth, it had only 140 people requesting asylum in 2010. What happened?


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asylum seekers 2009
asylum seekers 2010
asylum seekers 2011
Malta23901401850


In 2011, Malta was the country that had the most asylum seekers per thousand inhabitants.


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