Pakistanis made 6,000 asylum requests in second quarter of 2013: EU Data

Published: October 9, 2013
EU nations accepted 90 percent of requests made by Syrian refugees. PHOTO: AFP

EU nations accepted 90 percent of requests made by Syrian refugees. PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS: There were more than 100,000 asylum requests,  across the European Union in the three months to June with 6,000 of them being from Pakistanis, EU data showed a rise in requests by a half on Tuesday.

Most of the requests, however are from Russians, Syrians and Kosovars, contributing to a 50 per cent year-on-year rise of the total asylum requests made to EU.

The Eurostat statistics agency reported 16,845 requests for asylum from Russians in the second quarter, with a rejection rate of 80 per cent.

On the other hand, EU nations accepted 90 per cent of requests made by Syrian refugees and 60 per cent of applications by Somalis, Afghans and Iranians.

In all, 8,310 Syrians applied for asylum, just a little more than from Kosovo with 8,140, followed by 6,000 Pakistanis and 4,285 Somalis.

Germany received the largest number of requests at 26,400, followed by France with 16,400, and Hungary and Britain at around 9,000 each. Italy recorded almost 6,000 applications.

On June 31, Germany had stacked up a backlog of 95,000 asylum requests for processing, followed by Greece with 50,000 and France 30,000.

France and Belgium rejected 81 per cent of applications in the second quarter and Germany 67 per cent while Italy and Sweden were among the most hospitable nations, agreeing to around half of the requests made.

Hungary faced a 25-fold increase in requests to 9,350, Bulgaria a four-fold increase to 980 and Poland a three-fold increase to 7,445.
In 2012, there were more than 330,000 asylum requests in the EU, 70 per cent of them in Germany, France, Sweden, Britain and Belgium.

EU asylum policies are under the spotlight after a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week in which more than 300 African asylum-seekers are feared dead.

The 155 survivors of the tragedy are formally considered criminal suspects under an Italian law aimed at cracking down on irregular migrants.

The EU’s executive called Tuesday for member states to provide more resources to launch Mediterranean-wide search and rescue patrols to prevent future refugee tragedies.

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  • sh(india)
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:04AM

    Why are pakistani leaving land of pure? Muslims are leaving islamic country!!


  • Nadir
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:12AM

    All these so called Pakistanis are fake liberals!


  • darbullah
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:15AM

    Pakistanis seem to jump the burning ship.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:40AM

    As far as Pakistanis are concerned, the are fleeing the country due to law and order situation and unemployment with the intention “Jan Bacha Kar Zinda Bhag”.


  • Umer
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:57AM

    Its the 6000 who were able to apply otherwise 60000000 are desperate for asylum.


  • Osama Bin Laden (Pakistan)
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:57AM

    It is a tragic mistake these countries are making by taking in Muslims. The future of these countries is bleak esp if they take in pakistani Muslims. Look at us.


  • Rahim
    Oct 9, 2013 - 2:20AM

    Pakistan say Zinda Bhaag!!!! :(


  • Qutbuddin
    Oct 9, 2013 - 2:24AM

    We are a greatest nation in entire universes.


  • Raj - USA
    Oct 9, 2013 - 3:10AM

    I commented elsewhere recently on the Christian Cooks. It looks like that christians, ahmedis and shias are literally cooked in Pakistan. These 6000 asylum seekers from Pakistan and that too in just the last three months alone would be christians, ahmedis and shias only.

    Anyhow, I am thankful to all those who responded and confirmed my points by showering personal abuses. I consider these personal abuses or counter accusations without a point or pointing out a fact to prove me wrong is itself a clear confirmation of the issues I have raised. So would those who are affected, like christians, ahmedis and shias who have read the comments and replies.

    OK now let us talk of the lack of toilets in India.

    Whenever I had made a point forcefully, ET has always backed me up with a report or news item in a day or two.


  • Hafiz
    Oct 9, 2013 - 4:59AM

    Its true that pakistanis zinda bhaag from pakistan.


  • Tamur
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:01AM

    Let’s see how much Pakistan has deteriorated in the last 10 years. There is no law and order. Terrorists are bombing mosques and churches. Karachi is crime hub. Corruption is rampant and inflation is through the roof. No jobs no business prospects no respect for fellow Muslims or any human being in fact. Big companies which were the pride of the nation are bankrupt and no body cares. Everyone is treated like an animal. Killing people is considered halal and Taliban are supported for their acts of torture and violence. Does this look like an Islamic state. Even expat Pakistanis are scared to come to Pakistan for fear of their life. According to BBC 47% of forced marriage cases filed in uk are by Pakistanis. Why would one stay in a country which has turned from a respected and prosperous nation to a barbaric land rife with illiteracy, misguided mullahs and fear of death at every corner.


  • M. Emad
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:06AM

    EU should reject Pakistan asylum request and straightway send back them to Pakistan. Also EU government should keep watch on the pakistani (diaspora) in EU.

    (Most) Pakistani brains are full of ‘jihadi’ thoughts — they will create anarchy in Europe if given asylum. EU should help modernizing Pakistan education system to de-radicalize Pakistani mind.


  • IndianDude
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:17AM

    I wonder why none of the pakistani asylum seeker applied to the “all-weather” friend china? Why go to evil west with lose morals?


  • Iqbal
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:21AM

    This is contributing to a brain drain in Pakistan, just like the one in India caused by IITian refugees seeking asylum in Silicon Valley and whatnot.


  • el chor
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:52AM

    no one goes to Palestine for assylum! it might be even helpfull to them.


  • jibran
    Oct 9, 2013 - 6:41AM

    Or they are hindus, christians, hazaras, ahmadis, shias, or moderate sunnis trying to save their lives from perpetual targeting by the salafists.


  • Zeeshan Siddiqui
    Oct 9, 2013 - 6:46AM

    I hope these Pakistani don’t want Sharia to be implemented in EU.


  • Oct 9, 2013 - 6:58AM

    Sad that the maulanas have made Pakistan so hard for so many people – they should stay and fight not jump ship


  • Mohammed Yusuf
    Oct 9, 2013 - 7:39AM

    What an absurd comparison? Go back and sleep in your cave. IITians are not refugees. Even before they graduate, they get job offers from multinational companies from all over the world. Secondly, many of them go to the US for higher studies. They are not beggars like the refugees from Pakistan. Besides, how good is the degree from a Pakistan institution? I have come across MBAs from Pakistan who are very poor at comprehension during interviews. They are not proficient in English and lack in-depth knowledge of the subject they have majored in. The ridiculous excuse I have received is “Sir, I am not very good in English because we mostly speak Urdu”.
    Why only Silicon Valley, where more than 30 per cent of the professionals are from India? Go to MIT, NASA, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Harvard, Colombia University and you will find every second professional an Indian.
    BTW, the prime minister of India was a professor at London School of Economics, Finance Minister Chidambaram is a Harvard graduate… even in a small state like Goa, the chief minister of that state Manohar Parrikar is an IITian.


  • Zalim singh
    Oct 9, 2013 - 8:18AM

    Saudi Arabia and other rich Islamic nations would not even think of giving them asylum.


  • John F
    Oct 9, 2013 - 8:38AM

    @Iqbal: Sorry but I differ with you on the subject of brain drain; if you all had brains to drain, you wouldn’t be in the mess you are in now. Yours is a self inflicted injury : spending on arms and army and weapons (which destroyed your economy) instead of spending that money on education, health and infrastructure. And also supporting and training terrorists to create mayhem in India, who have now come back to haunt you. There was nothing brainy about that !


  • Zinda Bagh
    Oct 9, 2013 - 9:00AM

    Syria, Iran, Somalia, pakistan, why, muslims are not happy in their own country? Jinha carved pakistan for Indian muslims to be prosper , happy and hate India. By migrating from muslim country to secular countries, are they proving 2 nation theory was miserably wrong?


  • Oct 9, 2013 - 9:10AM

    10000 shias have already gone to australian asylem


  • Johnny James
    Oct 9, 2013 - 11:44AM

    No wonder why Pakistan opted for movie “Zinda Bhaag” as their official entry to the Oscar


  • vasan
    Oct 9, 2013 - 11:58AM

    I am surprised that ET did not put up the number of asylum seeking Indians and I am also surprised the pakistani trolls did not quote that figure either and assign the lack of toilets in India for that.


  • S
    Oct 9, 2013 - 2:57PM

    @Osama Bin Laden (Pakistan):
    You can’t stand with the 6000 Pakistanis seeking asylum. Please check out the same number for Indian and tell me why they’re jumping out of so called ‘safe and stable’ ship.


  • IndianDude
    Oct 9, 2013 - 8:00PM

    @Osama Bin Laden (Pakistan):
    “You can’t stand with the 6000 Pakistanis seeking asylum. Please check out the same number for Indian and tell me why they’re jumping out of so called ‘safe and stable’ ship.”

    That may or may not be true. However, the indians don’t terrorize, criticize and burn flags of ‘secular’ western nation/USA then dying to get to benefit from their secularism and freedom.
    Pakistanis, keep shouting from their rooftops about how great ‘all-weather’ friend china is. How usa and europe is owned by china…etc.
    Yet, no pakistani applies for asylum to the pakistan’s bestest friend, the world’s greatest economical and soon to the world’s bestes super-duper power china!!
    Not only that, the pakistanis get their undies in twist when muslims are treated badly in india, europe,asia or US. However, the bestest friend, when china is killing/suppresing the muslim ‘brothers’, no problem.
    Today’s tribune:


  • B.S.
    Oct 10, 2013 - 12:24AM

    @ S

    Why are you making up stories…so desperate ?
    Can you provide a reference or link for your bizarre allegation ?


  • ashfaq ali
    Oct 10, 2013 - 1:55AM

    Its due to the mismanagement in the government policies in failing to provide the basic needs and requirements ,people in this part of the world are faced with worsened conditions they do not enjoy a normal life with fear not to get in hands of victimization of so much of a massacre which has ruined the happiest side of their living


  • Khawaja Naveed
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:51PM

    @Nadir: Kindly ask your government to make their lives with ease… When they are killed for what they are, you will have to leave that place. Everybody has a right to live his or her life to the fullest.


  • Khawaja Naveed
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:52PM

    @Zalim singh: Dear! Arab countries do not offer nationality and hence they do not offer psylem.


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