The number of applications for asylum in the EU has halved due to coronavirus

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The number of applications for asylum in the EU almost halved because of the epidemic coronavirus infection. This is evidenced by the data on the website of the European support office in the area of asylum (the European Asylum Support Office, EASO).

In March, petitions were less than 43 per cent compared to the previous month. It is about 34.7 per thousand statements.

EASO noted that these data do not speak about the decline in the number of the asylum seekers in the European Union. According to experts, the reduction only reflects the measures taken to combat the spread of coronavirus.

20 March, all EU countries have decided to suspend the program for the placement of migrant workers because of the pandemic, pneumonia COVID-2019. March 18, the Federal office for migration and refugees Germany (BAMF) also suspended the refugee programmes due to the deterioration of the situation with coronavirus.

According to recent reports, worldwide, more than 3.2 million are infected with coronavirus. 228,2 thousand people died and 986 thousand were cured.

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