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Interior Ministry reports lower numbers of asylum-seekers

The number of people applying for asylum in Slovakia has stabilised after falling since 2005, the TASR newswire reported, citing Emília Kočišová from the Interior Ministry, on Monday, July 16.

The number of people applying for asylum in Slovakia has stabilised after falling since 2005, the TASR newswire reported, citing Emília Kočišová from the Interior Ministry, on Monday, July 16.

In the first five months of 2012, 184 asylum applications were filed with the Slovak authorities, Ten applicants complied with the conditions and were granted asylum during the same period. The figures represent a major fall when compared to just a few years ago: 3,549 foreigners requested asylum in 2005, but only 25 were successful. The ministry interpreted this trend as being a result of Slovakia's stabilised migration and asylum policies, well-protected state borders and changes in migration flows. Slovakia is mainly a transit country.

"The target countries are characterised by existing communities of people from the countries of their [the immigrants'] origin as well as higher standards of living," said Interior Ministry migration office director Bernard Priecel. Asylum-seekers listed in Slovakia most often come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam, Turkey, Somalia and Russia. Most are men aged between 18 and 39. Slovakia grants asylum to those who can prove a justified fear of persecution due to racial, national and/or religious reasons, and/or because their affiliation to political views and/or their membership of certain social groups put them at risk. Humanitarian reasons and uniting families are also considered in the application process.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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