Asylum in Greece by the numbers

These statistics cover the period from June 7, 2013, to July 31, 2017. You can find more on the Asylum Service website here.

Who got asylum in the first seven months of 2017

In the first seven months of 2017, the Asylum Service issued first instance decisions for 11,561 asylum applications. (It also dismissed 22,136 without deciding on their merits.)

That’s an overall asylum recognition rate of 44% for the first seven months of 2017.

Compared to previous years’ overall asylum recognition rates:

Asylum rates varied by gender, with women getting asylum at a much higher rate.

Rates also varied by age.


The Asylum Service did not release asylum recognition rates by nationality for 2017 or any individual year.

Who’s applying for asylum in Greece

31,973 people applied for asylum in Greece in the first seven months of 2017.

The average number of asylum applications Greece gets each month is higher this year than ever.

The nationalities that file the most asylum applications is changing.

As in previous years, many more applications were filed by men than by women.

And people ages 18-34 filed more applications than any other age group.

People under 18 traveling alone filed 1,486 applications for asylum.

Asylum office numbers

The Asylum Service is moving faster.

In July 2017, it completed 4,593 asylum procedures.

Offices in Lesvos, Thessaloniki, Athens area and Chios got the most applications.