The Austrian Ministry of the Interior announced that during the year 2023, a total of 26,500 individuals were granted asylum rights in the country. In a statement released on Monday, the ministry detailed that 16,800 individuals were awarded asylum rights, while 8,000 others received subsidiary protection. Additionally, approximately 1,750 individuals were allowed to remain in Austria for significant and exceptional reasons.
Compared to the year 2022, the ministry noted a significant 48% decrease in asylum applications. It was highlighted that not all refugees registered in Austria intended to stay in the country, with procedures expiring for around 31,000 individuals. The statement also pointed out that a substantial number of refugees had other destinations in mind, particularly Germany, to which they traveled.
This development comes as European nations continue to grapple with migration and asylum-seeking challenges, reflecting Austria's ongoing efforts to manage its asylum policies amid varying global circumstances.