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Asylum applications decrease in "populist" countries; rise by 22% in France under unpopular Macron

Asylum applications decrease in "populist" countries; rise by 22% in France under unpopular Macron
France has seen a 22 percent rise in asylum applications in 2018, and populist-led countries such as Italy and Austria have seen sharp declines in claims.
In France, 122,743 asylum applications were filed last year. The main nationalities to actually receive asylum were from Afghanistan, Syria, and Sudan.
The figures are a stark contrast to those of Italy, where populist Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s anti-mass migration policies have led to around an 80 percent decline in illegal migrant arrivals.
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