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.