Asylum Trends March 2020

Last update: 24 April 2020

The asylum procedure in the Netherlands is accompanied by a large number of contact moments with many people from different organizations. There are also many movements of people throughout the country, where the asylum seekers centers are located. International and national measures and the absolute necessity to limit the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to maintain the asylum process from 15 March. The decision was then taken to suspend the asylum procedure for asylum seekers who newly register. Registration of persons who register for asylum is still taking place, but this is limited to what is necessary. These measures affect the asylum trends in March.

In March the total influx of asylum seekers (the total of first and repeated asylum applications as well as for family reunification) was 1.238. In February the total asylum influx was 2.152

First asylum applications

The total number of first asylum applications was 1.024. In February this was: 1.514. The top 5 countries from which most first asylum applications came are: Syria (218), Turkey (77), Morocco (57), Yemen (54) and Algeria (53).

Repeated asylum applications

The number of repeated asylum applications in March was 89. In February it was 165. The top 5 countries of origin of asylum seekers who submitted a repeated asylum application consist of: Afghanistan (13), Yemen (10), Iraq (9), Nigeria (8) and Sri Lanka (6). 


The number of dependents entered in March is 125. In February it was 473. The top 5 most dependents originated from consists of Eritrea (50), Syria (41), Afghanistan (6), stateless (5) and Turkey and Yemen (both less than 5).

Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (AMV)

The number of asylum applications submitted by unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (AMV) was  66. (February: 72). The top 5 countries of origin consist of Syria (19), Morocco (12), Sudan (7), Afghanistan (5), followed by Eritrea, Guinea, Iran, Somalia and Yemen (all less than 5).