Asylum Applications in the EU/EFTA by Country, 2008-2017

Asylum Applications in the EU/EFTA by Country, 2008-2017

Use this interactive map to view total annual asylum applications in individual European Union Member States and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and by country of origin, by year from 2008 through 2017. Darker colors indicate a higher concentration of asylum seekers for the country and year shown. The data tool also shows individual countries' share of asylum applications per capita and as a share of the EU/EFTA total.


** Kosovo = Its declaration of independence from Serbia has not been universally recognized.

* Countries are included in the dataset beginning with their year of EU or EFTA entry. Croatia did not report data on asylum applications until it joined the EU in 2013; EU/EFTA population totals reflect the EU-27 from 2008-2012, and from 2013 reflect the EU-28. Due to differences in data availability prior to 2008, countries of origin are only provided from 2008-2017. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5 and only report any year, destination country, and country of origin of asylum seekers with more than 15 applications. The United Kingdom did not report data for 2008, and Italy did not report data for EU/EFTA countries of origin for 2013 and 2014.

Figures shown here reflect the number of asylum applications filed in each Member State and should not be taken as equivalent to the number of individual asylum seekers present in the country. Because of the lack of internal border controls between most Member States through late 2015 (several Member States reinstated border controls later), it is possible for an individual to move within the European Union and submit claims in multiple Member States.


Eurostat, “Asylum and first time asylum applicants by citizenship, age and sex Annual aggregated data (rounded) [migr_asyappctzm],”  updated March 30, 2018,; Eurostat, “Population on 1 January by age and sex [demo_pjan],” updated 27 February, 2018,