More people are seeking international protection in Belgium as rates rose 42% in March alone, data shows


3,247 people applied for protection in Belgium during the month of March, eight of whom also applied for resettlement and 317 made subsequent applications.

According to the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons, the March figures represent 40% of the total number of applications submitted in 2022, or 8,217. Of the total, 7,015 applications were first applications, 23 included resettlement and 1,179 were repeated requests, reports

Compared to the previous month, applications for international protection increased by almost 42%, from 2,290 to 3,247. In addition, applications for resettlement explicitly increased during the month of March, since in February, no was filed. On the other hand, subsequent requests fell in March to 317, compared to 405 recorded in February.

Additionally, the number of decisions issued in the past month represents more than 43% of all applications filed so far this year, 2,240 of those out of 5,189 issued.

58 people received a new assessment decision and had their subsequent application declared admissible, representing 3% of all assessment decisions for 2022.

In addition, 2,163 people received a final decision on their applications, of which 632 were granted refugee status (34% of the total for this year), 36 were granted subsidiary protection status and 562 decisions declared the applications inadmissible, while 61 decisions were announced. as manifestly unfounded.

In addition, 872 people were denied refugee status and subsidiary protection status, while 19 people had their status canceled or revoked. Overall, the caseload for the year reached 16,412 cases at the end of March.

Furthermore, the authority’s data shows migration rates for the rest of the year, considering that in March the number of people applying for international protection in Belgium had reached the levels of September 2021 – the month with the highest demand rates over the past three years. In the first quarter of the year alone, the number of people applying for refugee status in Belgium reached 36% of all applications made throughout 2021.

Given the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian nationals became the largest nationality to seek protection in Belgium in March, followed by Afghan and Palestinian nationals. 426 applications were filed by Ukrainians, including 399 for the first time and 27 for subsequent applications.

Afghan citizens filed 416 applications, including 310 first and 21 subsequent applications. The remaining nationalities were Palestinian (332), Syrian (210), Congo (140), Eritrea (124), Moldova (101), Turkey (92), Cameroon (90) and Russia ( 86). 1,230 requests came from other countries.

However, Afghans remain the nationality with most international protection applications filed for 2022, with 1,394 applications, followed by Palestinians (698) and Ukrainians (582).

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