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In 2009, there were nearly 261,000 asylum applicants registered in the EU27, or 520 applicants per million inhabitants.   2,385 of these asylum applicants were registered in Malta.

These data on asylum applicants in the EU27 are taken from a report issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

When compared with the population of each Member State, the highest rates of applicants registered were recorded in Malta (5 800 applicants per million inhabitants), Cyprus4 (3 300), Sweden (2 600), Belgium (2 000) and Austria (1 900).

In some Member States, a large proportion of the applicants came from a single country. The Member States with the highest concentrations were Malta (60% of the applicants came from Somalia), Lithuania (54% from Russia), Poland (54% from Russia), Hungary (38% from Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244) and the Netherlands (37% from Somalia).

In 2009 there were 2,575 first instance decisions made on asylum applications. There were 885 rejections, 20 were granted refugee status, 1,660 subsidiary protection and 10 were granted authorisation to stay for humanitarian reasons. It should be noted that first instance decisions made in 2009 may refer to applications registered in previous years.

The proportion of positive decisions varies considerably among Member States. However, it should be kept in mind that the country of origin of applicants also differs greatly between Member States.

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