EU asylum requests had been climbing earlier than Ukraine conflict

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EU nations have received 648,000 asylum applications in 2021, with Syrians (117,000) and Afghans (102,000) making up the largest segments, the bloc’s asylum agency said on Tuesday. The number was a third higher than in 2020. Almost a third were minors. The bloc issued 185,000 positive asylum decisions, with Eritreans the most likely to receive help (81 percent success rate). This year’s numbers are being skewed by the arrival of millions of Ukrainians.

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