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Global Migration Centre

The Protection of Afghan Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Europe

Afghans constituted the single largest group of asylum applicants in most European countries in 2011. Numbers remained particularly high in 2012 and 2013.

Mandated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the present research aimed to assist the agency in developing protection strategies based on a sound understanding of the mobility patterns of Afghan asylum-seekers and refugees in Europe.

To do so, the research team has reviewed the situation they face in seven countries: Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey.

Project Team


  • Alessandro Monsutti, Project Director
  • Antonio Donini, Project co-Director
  • Giulia Scalettaris, Researcher

Project Findings


  • Réfugiés afghans en Europe, interview de Alessandro Monsutti
  • Beyond the 'Refugee Crisis'. Afghan Asylum Seekers in Europe, Lecture at the Institut für die Wissenschaten wom Menschen, Vienna.