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The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) has revealed that during the third quarter of this year, 10,600 people submitted their first asylum applications in the Netherlands.
According to a press release by the authority, the figure shows an increase of 3,600 more than in the previous quarter, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
As for the number of people who came to the Netherlands to join family members, it increased by nearly 500 to 3,600.
“In 2020 and 2021, the Netherlands received fewer first asylum applications and fewer following family members. This was mainly due to the travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. After the travel restrictions were lifted, the number of asylum applications and following relatives increased again in the latter half of 2021,” the statement reads.
As the data show, from the total of 10,600 asylum seekers who submit their first asylum request in the third quarter of 2022, this is 3,555 more than in the previous quarter and 4,120 more than in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, compared to the third quarter of 2021, the number of asylum requests was 1,790 more in the same quarter in 2022.
Syrians represent the largest group of applicants. A total of 4,605 Syrian nationals ​​submitted their first application in the third quarter of this year, which doubled compared to the second quarter of 2022 when 2,260 applications were submitted by the same group.
In addition, the number of applications from Afghan asylum seekers increased by 58 per cent year-on-year to 995. The Turks came third, after the Syrians and Afghans, with 935 requests.
The IND also revealed that in the third quarter of this year, 3,605 family members were registered, i.e. 465 more than in the previous quarter or +15 per cent.
Compared to the first quarter of 2022, the figures show that the number has increased by 41 per cent, so Syrians remained the largest group among reunification arrivals at 68 per cent.
The number of Turkish reunification arrivals also increased by 220 or +86 per cent to 475 in the third quarter, while the number of arrivals from Eritrea and Iran remained unchanged.
Furthermore, in the Netherlands, there was more increase in the number of Ukrainians coming to the country this year than in previous years due to the war in Ukraine.
Even though refugees from Ukraine do not need to apply for asylum to live or work in the Netherlands, some have still applied. In this regard, in the second quarter of this year, 15 Ukrainians submitted an asylum request; the number dropped to five in the third quarter.
Other figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that more than 95,000 Ukrainians were registered in a Dutch municipality between the end of February and the beginning of October this year.
Besides, during the third quarter of 2022, 80 Russian citizens submitted their first request for asylum, which means this is fewer than the first and second quarters  when Russians submitted 120 and 170 first applications, respectively.

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