What are the chances that a Syrian gets granted asylum?

Published October 15th, 2015 - 01:09 GMT
More than 120,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in the EU in the first eight months of 2015. (AFP/File)
More than 120,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in the EU in the first eight months of 2015. (AFP/File)

If you're heading out of a nation torn apart by conflict and hoping for a new life in Europe, you'll want to increase your chances of getting granted asylum in your new host country.

That's why numerous refugees have claimed being Syrian, even using fake papers, in attempts to seem more appealing, reports say. According to the Associated Press, there's a lucrative business in trafficking fake Syrian passports

"Everyone says they are Syrian, even those who are obviously not," Syrian Kamal Saleh told the AP. "That is not good for us Syrians because of limited number of people who will get the asylum."

So how good are the chances of a Syrian getting granted asylum? A study by the Pew Research Center backs up those claims.

Syrians have nearly a 95 percent acceptance rate, according to Pew, for the first half of this year. That's more than 7 percent higher than Iraqis' acceptance rate.

Syrians also by far make up the largest pool of applicants. 

Despite the negative press coverage showing far from welcoming borders of Hungary, it's still the second-most sought country.

Refugees should also be aware that Germany accepts less than half the applications it gets, and they might have better chances elsewhere. Here are the highest and lowest rates of acceptance in the EU.

By Hayat Norimine


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