08/10/2015 15:14 BST | Updated 09/10/2015 13:59 BST

Refugee Crisis: Infographic Shows Germany Takes 11 Times Number Of Asylum Applicants Than UK

Germany has received 11 times more asylum applications than the United Kingdom so far this year, the latest figures from UNHCR reveal.

Refugees making applications for asylum are more likely to apply for residency in Germany than in any other European nation.

And this graph perfectly sums up the relative position of the UK in terms of applications received:


Click here to view a zoomable version of this graph made for HuffPost UK by Statista

221,993 applications have been logged by Germany from refugees so far in 2015, compared to 100,669 in the same period last year.

Asylum applications so far in 2015

  • Germany: 221,933
  • Hungary: 143,009
  • Serbia and Kosovo: 103,946
  • Turkey: 70,848
  • Sweden: 44,542
  • France: 40,407
  • Italy: 38,643
  • Austria: 35,604
  • United Kingdom: 19,196
  • Switzerland: 18,739

Refugees are applying to stay in Hungary

The latest statistics also suggest that those arriving in Hungary and Serbia and Kosovo are applying for asylum in their thousands, despite some reports to the contrary.

143,009 refugees logged applications to stay in Hungary, the second highest number so far this year, despite extensive reporting of the country's efforts to move arrivals on to other countries.

An apparent desire amongst those arriving in Hungary to travel further into Europe to reach more prosperous nations has been reported.

But the statistics behind the graph suggest that many of those arriving in Hungary are choosing to apply for asylum in the country in their thousands. Though it does not show whether these applicants then travel onwards to other countries.

The third-highest number of applications was received by Serbia and Kosovo, which border Hungary, at 103,946.

While the EU requires those requesting asylum to do so in the country they first arrive in, reports have suggested refugees have chosen to continue their journeys to more developed member states after doing so.


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