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Asylum requests up 51 percent - in a month

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11:09 CEST+02:00

New figures show the number of asylum requests to Switzerland has increased by 51 percent in the last month

According to the Federal Office for Migration, a total of 2,254 asylum requests were filed in May this year, a 51 percent increase on April, which saw 1,495 applications. Most people come from Eritrea, Tunisia and Macedonia, the office said in a statement.

The increase is likely to stem from the current situation in Libya and in the northern Africa region, it said. A total of 545 Eritreans have applied for asylum in May, 342 Tunisians and 184 Macedonians.

The migrants are mostly fleeing political instability, poverty and a lack of prospects in their home countries, the Office said, but many asylum requests are also the result of family reunifications.


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