Asylum in Hungary by the numbers

Asylum recognition rates

In the first six months of 2017, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary:

  • rejected 2,417 asylum-seekers
  • granted protection to 321 asylum-seekers, including:
    • 46 who got refugee status
    • 275 who got subsidiary protection

Recognition rates by nationality:

  • 16.2% of applicants from Syria received protection (111 out of 684)
  • 9.9% of applicants from Afghanistan received protection (117 out of 1,175)
  • 12.1% of applicants from Iraq received protection (38 out of 312)
  • 72.7% of applicants from Somalia received protection (8 out of 11) (These numbers don't include applications that were rejected before authorities reviewed them for merit.)

Who the applicants are

The majority of asylum-seekers came from wartorn countries.

  • 41% came from Afghanistan
  • 22% came from Iraq
  • 16% came from Syria
  • 0.3% came from Somalia

42% were children, and 34% were women.

Returns to Hungary

Several countries have decided not to return people to Hungary because they believe it does not treat asylum-seekers humanely.

People who left Hungary before the new law entered into force on March 28, 2017, have a good chance of not being sent back to Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee has advised.

In the first six months of 2017, 128 asylum-seekers were returned to Hungary under the Dublin rules. Among them:

  • 79 were returned from Austria
  • 30 were returned from Germany

In June, only 2 transfers took place, both from Switzerland.

2016 numbers

Last year, Hungary granted protection to only 425 asylum-seekers.

Hungary terminated the asylum procedure in almost 50,000 cases and rejected 4,675 applications, according to the Hungarian Immigration and Asylum Office.

Outside the asylum procedure

More than 10,000 people were blocked from entering, escorted to Serbia, or caught by the Hungarian law enforcement authorities, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

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