Figure 6 shows the number of first time applications for international protection in the EU since 2013, and the share among them lodged by children aged under 14 and under 18. Children represented 31 % of all applicants in the EU in 2020 (i.e. 130 000), although a dramatic reduction in the number of child applicants can be seen from 2019 to 2020 (from 192 000 to 130 000) in line with a general downward trend explained by the travel restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
First-time applicants, by age group
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