More than 700,000 applications for asylum were lodged in Europe in 2017. One million asylum applications decisions were also made, with 40 percent resulting in refugee status or subsidiary protection.
Asylum applications across Europe dropped by 43 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, the EU Asylum Support Office (EASO) said on Thursday.
EU member states plus Norway and Switzerland recorded asylum applications from 706,913 people in 2017, marking the second consecutive year that numbers have decreased since an influx of migrants in 2015, EASO said.
Still, asylum applications numbers in 2017 were slightly higher than the number lodged in 2014, "indicating that the asylum-related inflow in the EU+ remained considerable," the Malta-based agency said.