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First-time asylum applications soared by 28% last year

The number of first-time asylum applications by non-EU citizens across European Union member states rose significantly in 2021 compared to the previous year, official EU figures published on Wednesday have revealed. According to Eurostat, 535,000 asylum seekers sought international protection across the bloc in 2021, up 28 percent on the 417,100 applications in 2020. The […]