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The EU has hailed a large rise in the number of migrants, many South American, who have been flying direct to Europe to file their asylum claims, with visa-free travel rules.
While the bloc saw an overall decrease in asylum applications of 10 per cent over the last year, claims lodged by third world migrants who traveled to EU nations through regular channels rose by almost a third in the period, to around 115,000.
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The figure, which included 22,200 Venezuelans and 10,200 Colombians amongst applicants from South America, and 20,000 Georgians along with 21,900 Albanians amongst those from European countries outside the bloc, outstripped the total number of claims from Iraqi and Syrian nationals in the last year.
Just under one in five of the 634,700 applications lodged in EU nations were lodged by migrants who traveled from countries with visa-free travel to the Schengen area, marking a big increase from the proportion in previous years, according to European Asylum Support Office (EASO) figures reported in the German press over the weekend.
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Brussels’ executive body, the European Commission, has been urged to table legislation which would allow countries to issue so-called humanitarian visas enabling migrants from anywhere in the world to travel to the bloc to seek asylum, after EU Parliament approved the proposal in December, with an absolute majority...
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