Asylum applications set to be the highest in eight years

 

Afghan refugee children

The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries has increased by 17% during the first half of 2011, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

The number of applications could be the highest in eight years.

Charles Appel reports.

UNHCR predicts that there could be as many as 420,000 asylum applications by the end of December.

So far, the United States leads with the highest number of asylum claims.

Europe as a whole received 73 per cent of all asylum applications filed in industrialized countries.

The Arab spring is not behind the growing asylum numbers.

Most cases are from countries with longstanding displacement situations like Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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Asylum requests in developed countries rose in first half of year – UN

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