Asylum applications continue to increase, Fedasil under pressure

The Immigration Office registered 4,224 applicants for international protection in October, or 5.4 per cent more than in September, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRA) said on its website on Thursday, while the reception crisis puts Fedasil under pressure.

For the second consecutive month, the Immigration Office registered more than 4,000 applications for international protection, after 4,009 in September. That is 4,220 individual requests, plus four people still registered in the context of resettlement.

By way of comparison, the Office had registered 2,407 applications in October 2021.

In October this year, Afghanistan (17.5%), Burundi (14.8%) and Syria (10.2%) are among the first of the top 10 countries of origin of applicants for international protection . Turkey, Palestine, Eritrea, Iran, Moldova, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Russia complete the top 10 of this ranking.

Also in October, the CGRS took 2,049 decisions, which concern 2,496 people in total, while the protection rate reached 47.2% (40.8% in September).

The total workload of the CGRS consists of the number of files for which the Commissariat has not yet taken a decision. At the end of October, this total workload amounted to 17,050 files, concerning 20,016 people.

“Given the current influx and the enlargement of the personnel framework (which means more files being processed), 4,800 files can be considered as a normal workload. The real backlog is therefore 12,250 files”, specifies the CGRA.

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