Asylum statistics January 2018

The CGRS released its asylum statistics for January 2018.


In January 2018, the Belgian Immigration Office registered 1.893 asylum applicants. Every person (including children) is counted as an asylum applicant.

There were no persons that arrived in january in Belgium under a resettlement programme.     The total number of applicants in January 2018 increased compared to December 2017 (1,600 applicants).

Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan are the top 3 countries of origin of asylum applicants registered in January 2018, followed by Iraq, Guinea, Eritrea, Indeterminate, Congo (DRC), Albania and Georgia.


In January 2018, the CGRS took 1,315 decisions. These decisions concerned a total of 1.634 persons.

The protection rate in December 2017 was 46,8 %.


The total caseload of the CGRS is the number of asylum cases in which the CGRS has not yet taken a decision.

At the end of December 2017, there was a total caseload of 7,559 dossiers. As 4,500 dossiers can be considered a normal caseload, the actual backlog amounted to 3,059 dossiers.

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