The bar chart shows the number of asylum applicants in the European Union. ‘Applicants’ refers to anyone applying
for asylum or similar protection – as defined in the Qualification Directive – or included in an application as a family
member. Data are presented for six-monthly periods. The table shows the breakdown of those Member States which
together represent more than 90% of the total requests for asylum in the first six months of 2017.
The map shows the relative weight of the number of applicants per million inhabitants in the ‘country of arrival’ (the
EU Member State in which asylum has been requested) for the period from January to June 2017. The EU average
is 669 applicants per million inhabitants. The bar below the map shows the range of applicants within the Member
States. The horizontal bar chart shows the top 20 countries of origin for the period January to June 2017. The value
in parenthesis represents changes with respect to the same period in 2016; a positive value shows an increase,
negative a decrease (e.g. there was a decrease of 166 000 applicants from Syria in the first half of 2017 compared to
the same period in 2017).