On 3 February 2010, Eurostat published figures on asylum applicants for Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein. No data is available for Iceland.
With 495 more applications, Norway had an increase of 10.6% compared to the third quarter of 2008. Liechteinstein, which did not report any applications for the third quarter of 2008, had 85 asylum applications in Q3 2009. Switzerland received 690 applications less than in the third quarter of 2008, a decrease of 15.7%.
Taking into account figures for the last 12 months, Switzerland and Norway are ranked fifth and sixth in the EU27 list, with 18 270 and 17 620 asylum applicants respectively. In the same period, Liechtenstein received 115 applications, representing 0.04% of the EU27 figure of 258 605.
According to the publication, the typical asylum applicant in the EFTA countries is male and aged between 18 and 34 years old, mainly from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Russia and Somalia in the case of Norway and Liechtenstein. For Switzerland, applications are mainly from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sri Lanka and Iraq.
More information can be found on the Eurostat website.
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