Applications for asylum in Europe fell by 86% in April, the lowest level for over a decade, as international borders closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Figures released by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and obtained by Reuters show the 8,730 applications for asylum were filed in April when compared to 61,421 in February 2020.
The EU had shut its borders in March compounding the challenges of people fleeing persecution and conflict.
There was also a 44% drop in asylum applications within a month from February to March after many EU states suspended the registration of applications.
Most applications during 2020 through April were by Syrians followed by Afghans, Venezuelans and Colombians, EASO data show, reports the news agency.