Number of Ukrainian seekers in the EU in the 1st half of 2016 has decreased by 39% comparing to the same period of 2015, said Kateryna Kulchytska, the analyst of “Europe without barriers” NGO during the briefing “Visa waiver and migration: year summary and last trends”.
“Russian military aggression in the Eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea has strengthened migration flows both within Ukraine and abroad. If from 2008 to 2013 about one thousand applications from Ukrainian asylum seekers were recorded annually in the EU, then in 2014, after the conflict started, the number of asylum seekers increased 13 times (see Table 7). In 2015, the EU had registered 22,040 Ukrainian applications that 1,5 times more than in 2014 and 20 times more than before the conflict. However, in the first half of 2016 number of asylum seekers from Ukraine decreased: there were 7,030 applications registered, which is 39% less than in the first half of 2015”, – she said.
Even after the sharp rise of asylum applications from Ukrainians their share in total number is still small, the analyst added.
“22,040 Ukrainian applications take only 1.6% of the total number of asylum seekers in the EU in 2015 (1,322,825 applications). In the first half of 2016, the share of Ukrainian applications was even lower and amounted to only 1.14% (7030 out of 617,200 applications).”, – Kulchytska said.