Croatia Got Least Number of Asylum Applications Among EU States in 2015

Croatia Got Least Number of Asylum Applications Among EU States in 2015 © AFP 2016/ DIMITAR DILKOFF

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Croatia was the last country on the list of EU member states ranged by the received number of asylum applications in 2015, EU statistical information agency Eurostat said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Eurostat, Zagreb received only 140 of the total number of 1,255,640 EU applications in 2015.

Croatia is followed by Estonia, Slovenia and Slovakia with 225, 260 and 270 applications respectively. At the same time, such countries as Germany, Hungary and Sweden received the largest amount of asylum applications.

Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries of origin mostly in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty. Many of them take the West Balkan route, transiting the Croatian territory, to reach wealthier EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.

The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

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