Asylum applications in Europe, 1st half 2000

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Kris Janowski to whom quoted text may be attributed at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The number of asylum applications submitted in Europe in July 2000 (33,150) increased by 8% compared to June (30,790). The increase in Iraqi (47%) and in particular Iranian (50%) applications in July as compared to June 2000 is noteworthy. The increase in Iranian applications was recorded in a number of countries. The rise in Iranian applications in Slovenia between January and July 2000 is particularly noteworthy.