Global asylum claims drop as Australia’s rises
Glenn Milne ; 15/2/10
Kevin Rudd’s claim that the spike in asylum-seekers arriving illegally in Australia is a shared global problem due to international “push” factors has been contradicted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ own figures. The UNHCR’s monthly data on asylum applications shows that while on average such applications globally rose by only 5 per cent in the nine months to September last year, in Australia they increased by more than 25 per cent.Figures released at the end of January show there were 279,624 asylum applications in 44 key industrialised countries in the nine months to September, only 5 per cent more than in 2008.

New asylum applications lodged in selected countries
                               2009 / 2008
ALBANIA  7
AUSTRIA*** 14,372 12,841
BELGIUM*** 15,163 12,252
BOSNIA AND H. 47 100
BULGARIA 853 746
CROATIA 147 155
CYPRUS** 2612 3,922
CZECH REP. 1258 1690
DENMARK** 3007 2360
ESTONIA 40 14
FINLAND 5911 4016
FRANCE 41,981 35,164
GERMANY 26,836 21,371
GREECE* 11,839 19,884
HUNGARY 4672 3118
ICELAND* 33 78
IRELAND* 2530 3865
ITALY** 13,702 31,164
LATVIA* 50 51
LIECHTENSTEIN 294 26
LITHUANIA 211 216
LUXEMBOURG* 441 463
* 2009 figure to Sep
**2009 figure to Oct
 
MALTA** 1860 260
MONTENEGRO 21 7
NETHERLANDS** 12,198 13,399
NORWAY* 16,125 14,431
POLAND 10,592 7203
PORTUGAL** 123 161
ROMANIA** 719 1083
SERBIA 275 77
SLOVAKIA 822 910
SLOVENIA 181 238
SPAIN* 2823 4478
SWEDEN 24,194 24,353
SWITZERLAND 14,492 15,178
TFYR MACEDONIA 86 54
TURKEY* 7410 12,981
UK*** 23,940 30,545
CANADA 33,251 36,895
USA 13,195 13,688
AUSTRALIA 6174 4750
NEW ZEALAND 336 254
JAPAN* 1291 1599
REP. OF KOREA 324 364
*** 2009 figure to Nov   Source: UNHCR
See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/global-asylum-claims-drop-as-australias-rises/story-e6frgczf-1225830262276