Palestinian asylum requests in EU reach record high

Palestine

Published: 2024-02-28 15:44

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 23:24


Palestinian asylum requests in EU reach record high
Palestinian asylum requests in EU reach record high

Data released by the European Union Asylum Agency on Wednesday revealed that asylum requests from Palestinians within the bloc surged by 18 percent to 1.14 million in 2023, marking the highest level since the migrant crisis of 2015-2016.

This new data is expected to ignite an already intense debate surrounding immigration and the rise of far-right sentiments ahead of various local and national elections throughout Europe, including the European Parliament elections scheduled for next June.

The agency's report said that Syrians and Afghans continued to constitute the largest groups applying for asylum.

In a notable development, Turks emerged as the third-largest group of applicants, with applications from them seeing an 82 percent increase compared to the previous year.

The agency noted that the number of Palestinians seeking asylum soared to an unprecedented level of 11,600, particularly following the onset of the Israeli Occupation's aggression against the Gaza Strip in October of the previous year, marking a two-thirds increase from 2022.

It is worth mentioning that accurately recording their numbers remains challenging, as the majority of European Union member states do not formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

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