Many Albanians still seek asylum in EU countries. Also in 2019, Albania has the largest number of asylum seekers in terms of population, ranking first with 59 applications per 10.000 inhabitants, according to data from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), prepared in relation to population.
Albania exceeds by a significant margin, even countries like Syria or Afghanistan.
The magazine Monitor has carried out population-based calculations to have comparable data between countries, where for a few consecutive years, small Albania is in first place in the world for asylum applications, in relation to the number of inhabitants.
According to data from the European Asylum Support Office, Albania is ranked among the top 10 countries of origin of asylum seekers.
In terms of population, with a significant margin, Syrians are in second place, with 39 questions per 10.000 inhabitants, or about 20 less than Albanians.
The second on the list are the Afghans, with 17 out of 10.000, followed by Venezuela with 14, Iraq and Colombia with 9 and 7, respectively.
Of the top 10 countries of origin, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Nigeria have the least number of questions in terms of population. Thus, the Turks and Iranians asked 3 questions per 10.000 inhabitants, followed by Pakistani and Nigerians with 1 question.
The requests from Albania increased again in 2019
Data from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) indicate that in 2019 asylum applications from Albania were 22,9 thousand, a slight increase of 2% compared to the previous year, returning to a trend on the upside after four years, when the number of asylum seekers was decreasing.
About 88% of the questions take place for the first time and the rest are repeated questions. The largest number of asylum applications occurred in March, September and October, exceeding 2.000 requests per month.
EASO data show that about 15.000 cases are being treated. Overall, more than 90% of applications that are filed for the first time asylum seekers are rejected, as Albania is considered a safe country.
Historical data show that since 2013 there has been an increase in asylum applications, which peaked in 2015, with about 68.000 and then, although falling, it remained the highest of the other European countries that are not part of the EU.
In total, as of 2013, there are around 200.000 people who have applied for asylum in one of the EU countries.
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