04 Mar 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 MARCHBrussels Daily
HR/VP Federica Mogherini travels to Argentina on 9th March
The High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini will travel to Argentina on 9 March 2016 for meetings with President Macri, Foreign Minister Malcorra and other members of the government. The visit will mark the great importance which the European Union attributes to Argentina’s role in Latin America and G20 partner. As agreed between the HRVP and Foreign Minister Malcorra during their meeting at Davos in January, the EU and Argentina are determined to seize the current opportunities to significantly step up their cooperation, both bilaterally and bi-regionally in fora like Mercosur and EU-CELAC.
EUROSTAT: Asylum in the EU Member States; Record number of over 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in 2015; Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis: top citizenships
In 2015, 1 255 600 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number more than double that of the previous year. The number of Syrians seeking international protection has doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year to reach 362 800, while the number of Afghans has almost quadrupled to 178 200 and that of Iraqis has multiplied by 7 to 121 500. They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States in 2015, accounting for more than half of all first time applicants. A full press release is available online.