Budapest (MTI) – The number of asylum-seekers arriving in Hungary doubled in 2014 compared with the previous year, UNHCR, the United Nation’s refugee agency, said on Thursday in its Global Trends 2014 annual report on migration.
The number of applications submitted in Hungary was 41,400 last year, up from 18,600 in 2013, the report said.
This data ranks Hungary 9th on the list of countries receiving the largest number of asylum-seekers.
Most of them arrived in Hungary from Kosovo, followed by Afghanistan and Syria.
The number of asylum-seeker arriving from Kosovo alone jumped to over 21,000 last year from 6,200 in 2013.
Application numbers by Afghani people went up to 8,500 from 2,300 and to 6,700 from only 960 by people from Syria.
These applications combined accounted for about 90 percent of all applications submitted in Hungary in 2014.
But the majority of the applicants travelled on to another EU state just within a short period of time after submitting their papers, the UNHCR report said.