Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 08/04/21


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Overview of statistical practice


Asylum statistics are published on a monthly basis by the Ministry of Interior, providing information on asylum applicants and main nationalities. As of 2016, these monthly reports also provide decisions at first and second instance.[1] The Federal Agency for Immigration and Asylum (BFA) also publishes short annual statistical overviews (Jahresbilanzen).[2]


Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2020


  Applicants in 2020 Pending at end 2020[3] Refugee status Subsidiary protection Rejection on asylum[4] Refugee rate Sub. Prot. rate Rejection rate
Total 14,192 21,217 7,710 2,435 9,186

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers


Syria 4,965 2,888 2,617 310 305
Afghanistan 3,020 6,651 2,762 1,145 2,914
Morocco 714 196 2 3 541
Iraq  682 3,553 235 562 1,422
Somalia 652 749 540 138 265
Russia 450 973 236 35 338
Algeria 370 N/A 0 2 307
Iran 368 1,459 672 19 304
unknown 354 325 200  22 63
Turkey 306 392 109 7 134
Other 2,311 4,031 337 192 2,602


Source: Ministry of Interior. The Ministry provided incomplete data on rejections, as it only refers to the rejection of asylum on the merits. There is no data on the separate number of rejected asylum cases involving the subsequent granting of a subsidiary protection or humanitarian status.  A calculation of recognition rates is therefore not possible and the above figures must be read with particular caution.



Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2020


  Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 14,192 100%
Men 10,957 77.21%
Women 3,235 22.79%
Children 5,522 38,91%
Unaccompanied children 1,467 10.3%


Source: Ministery of Interior, Preliminary Annual statistics 2020, available in German at:; Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request, 4983/AB, 12 March 2021, available in German at:


Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2018


The Ministry of Interior does not disaggregate statistics on decisions between the first and second instance and the Administrative Court had not published its statistics for 2020 at the time of writing. The Ministry of Justice stated that in 2020, around 21,500 decisions were taken on appeals against decisions of the BFA – although this number should be read with caution as it may include multiple decisions on one case. A total of 9,730 decisions of the BFA were dismissed or amended, while 9,400 decisions of the BFA were confirmed by the BVwG.[5] At the time of writing, there was no information available on how many protection status had been granted in this context.


  First instance Appeal
  Number Percentage Number Percentage
Total number of decisions on merits 8,749 100%
Decisions granting international protection [6] 6,034 68.97%
Rejection[7] 2,715 31.03%



[1]  Ministry of Interior, Asylum Statistics, available in German at:

[2] BFA, Statistics, available in German at: These have been published since 2014.

[3] Pending at first and second instance.

[4]  Rejection only on merits concerning asylum. This does not lead to the conclusion that in all rejected cases a return decision was issued or that no other status was issued.

[5] Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request 3929AB/XXVII, 19 September 2019, available in German at:

[6] Including asylum and subsidiary protection

[7] These figures only include decision on the merits. They do not include rejections involving Dublin cases or subsequent applications.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation