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Austria sees 79 percent jump in asylum claims

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Austria sees 79 percent jump in asylum claims
Refugees at Vienna's Westbahnhof station. Photo: Kim Traill
13:46 CEST+02:00
Applications for refugee status from asylum seekers increased by 79 percent in Austria in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority showed on Friday.

The highest number of asylum seekers applied for refugee status in Germany - where authorities received 80,900 applications of the 213,200 made across the EU between April and June according to Eurostat data.

Austrian authorities received 17,400 applications - a huge increase compared to the first quarter of 2015. However, the highest jump in the number of applications was in the Netherlands - an increase of 159 percent.

Hungary was the European state with the largest number of asylum seekers relative to its population, at 3,317 per million inhabitants.

That was streets ahead of Austria at 2,026, Sweden at 1,467 and Germany at 997 per million.

44,000 Syrians applied for asylum in the EU in second quarter of 2015 - the majority registering in Germany (16,300), Hungary (8,400), Austria (5,300) and Sweden (3,900). Afghans were the second largest group to seek asylum in the EU between April and June.

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