Most of the asylum seekers in Romania were Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan citizens, according to Eurostat latest report. Last year, Romania has granted protection status to 1,330 asylum seekers last year (875 have benefitted of the refugee status, 455 citizens have been granted subsidiary protection and no citizen has been accepted for humanitarian grounds). Our countrye received 655 Syrians, 460 Iraqis and 65 Afghans in 2017.
Romania ranked 16th in the EU on the number of refugees who received a favorable decision to stay
EU granted protection to more than half a million asylum seekers in 2017
Overall, the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 538,000 asylum seekers in 2017, down by almost 25% from 2016. In addition to these, the EU Member States received nearly 24,000 resettled refugees.
The largest group of beneficiaries of protection status in the EU in 2017 remained citizens of Syria (175,800 persons, or 33% of the total number of persons granted protection status in the EU Member States), followed by citizens of Afghanistan (100,700 or 19%) and those of Iraq (64,300 or 12%).
More than 60% of positive decisions granted in Germany
In 2017, the highest number of persons granted protection status was registered in Germany (325,400), ahead of France (40,600), Italy (35,100), Austria (34,000) and Sweden (31,200), were given subsidiary protection (35%) and 77,500 authorisation to stay for humanitarian reasons (14%). It should be noted that, while both refugee and subsidiary protection status are defined by EU law, humanitarian status is granted only on the basis of national legislation.