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UNHCR RBE - South Eastern Europe - Asylum Statistics - Summary of key trends observed (As of 30 June 2020)

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Summary of key trends observed

  • In June, the number of new arrivals i n the region, estimated to 5,222, increased by 137% compared to the previous month (estimated to 2,333), as a result of modifications i n COVID-19 restrictions. As the number of COVID-19 infections has increased i n the region and restrictions are once again reinforced/applied, the mixed population flow decreased i n the second half of June.

  • A total of 233 persons submitted asylum applications this month (compared to 40 i n May). Only 14 % of submitted asylum intentions formalized into actual asylum applications.

  • In June, 11 new positive first-instance decisions (6 granted refugee status and 5 subsidiary protection status) were handed; So far i n 2020, 3,649 asylum applications were lodged. Since January, 13 persons were granted refugee status and 13 persons were granted subsidiary protection status, while 91 other applications were rejected. Since January, 1,610 submissions were closed because applicants absconded the asylum procedure. In May, the authorities i n the SEE region resumed asylum procedures, conducting 9 interviews, and 26 i n June.

  • 1,026 decisions were still pending as of end of June (9% less than i n May). The total number of asylum applications throughout the region indicates a rather limited capacity of the responsible authorities i n terms of asylum processing.

  • In 2020, 12% (446) of applications have been submitted by adult women and 21% (755) from children, including 99 Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) (13% of the Children i n total). The trends i n June also indicate a higher percentage of families i n total new arrivals than i n May 2020.