Still in Limbo: About a Million Asylum Seekers Await Word on Whether They Can Call Europe Home

Source: Pew Research Center

About half of Europe’s 2015-16 asylum applicants had decisions still pending at end of 2016

A refugee child at the Berlin administration facility for health and social welfare waits to receive toiletries from volunteers. (Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

A refugee child at the Berlin administration facility for health and social welfare waits to receive toiletries from volunteers. (Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

About a million people (1.1 million) who sought asylum in Europe in 2015 and 2016 still did not know by Dec. 31, 2016, whether they would be allowed to stay, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data. Those in limbo make up about half (52%) of the 2.2 million1 people who applied for asylum during one of the largest refugee waves ever to arrive to the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.2

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