1475 foreigners applied for asylum in the Czech Republic in 2016, 50 fewer than those submitted in 2015; 253 applied in the first two months of 2017, 52 less than those submitted last year. 96 of those who requested for asylum were citizens from Ukraine, Armenia, Syria, and Cuba.

So far, Ukrainians submitted six more applications than those received last year. Also, citizens of Armenia submitted 20 more applications (10 more than those submitted last year); Syrians filed 18 requests, six more than those submitted in the first two months of 2016.

24 people received subsidiary protection, which unlike the asylum is granted for a predetermined period of time. In 195 cases, the asylum requests were refused by authorities. And other 793 applications submitted in late February are pending.

These data were published by the Ministry of the Interior (Department of Asylum and Migration Policy).

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