There was an 86 per cent increase in the amount of people claiming asylum in Europebetween the first quarters of 2014 and 2015.
In the first quarter of 2015, 185,000 people sought asylum in the EU, according to data released by the EU’s statistics office.
Kosovars, Syrians and Afghans made up half of the asylum seekers, as people fled unrest and conflict around the world.
Ireland received 0.3 per cent share of the EU’s asylum applicants in 2015, with 625 applications. This was a 37 per cent increase on the same period in 2014.
In the first quarter, 42 per cent of Ireland’s applications were from Pakistan. This was followed by 7 per cent from Nigeria (45 applications) and 6 per cent from Albania (45).