The highest number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the EFTA States was registered in Norway, with 5 050 applicants, followed by Switzerland with 2 670, and Iceland and Liechtenstein both with five applicants. In Norway, unaccompanied minors constituted half of all young asylum applicants, and in Switzerland a quarter.
The figures show that a substantial majority of these applicants were male. In Iceland and Liechtenstein all of the applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors were male, whereas the percentage shares in Norway and Switzerland were 93% and 87% respectively.
In Norway, most of the asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors were Afghans (65.3%), whereas in Switzerland the largest group originated from Eritrea (43.4%). In both countries, Syria was the third main country of citizenship for this category of applicants (11% in Norway and 8% in Switzerland).
In the same period, the EU registered 88 300 asylum seekers considered to be unaccompanied minors. Also here most of these applicants were male, with one out of two originating from Afghanistan.
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