The majority came from countries ravaged by war and infighting

With migration dominating the news-cycles across the continent, latest data lays bare the sheer scale of legal migration to the EU.

According to Euro Stats, the body which crunches numbers for the EU, a total of 650,000 first-time asylum applicants were registered, with the majority coming from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

According to Euro Stats:

“In 2017, 650 000 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU). This was just over half the number recorded in 2016, when 1 206 500 first-time asylum applicants were registered, and is comparable to the level recorded in 2014, before the peaks of 2015 and 2016. Syrian (102 400 first-time applicants), Iraqi (47 500) and Afghan (43 600) continued to be the main citizenships of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2017, together accounting for 30% of all first time applicants.”

Where did the applicant end up living?

According to the figures”

3 in 10 applied for asylum in Germany With 198 300 first-time applicants registered in 2017, Germany accounted for 31% of all first-time applicants in the EU Member States. It was followed by Italy (126 600, or 20%), France (91 100, or 14%), Greece (57 000, or 9%), the United Kingdom (33 300, or 5%) and Spain (30 400, or 5%).

Among Member States with more than 5 000 first-time asylum seekers in 2017, the number of first time applicants compared in relative terms with the previous year rose most in Spain (+96%, or 14 900 more first-time asylum seekers in 2017 than in 2016), France (+19%, or 14 300 more), Greece (+14%, or 7 200 more) and Italy (+4%, or 5 400 more). In contrast, the largest relative decreases were recorded in Germany (-73%), Austria (-44%), the Netherlands (-17%) and the United Kingdom (-15%).