In total there have been 774 Eritrean asylum seekers to Norway this year. This represents 27 percent of the total of 2,835 people from 86 different countries who have sought asylum in Norway.
In the second place, asylum seekers from civil war-torn Syria come with 384 people. Asylum seekers from Somalia, a country that previously topped the list of asylum seekers in Norway, come in third with 261 people, according to the latest figures from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
In the first four months, the number of asylum seekers fell by 15 percent compared with the same period of last year.
UDI has handled 2,728 asylum applications so far this year. Of these, 51 percent or 1,406 persons were granted residence in Norway. Over half of these- 708 people- come from Eritrea.
On the other hand, Norway’s big neighbor, Sweden has received nearly 18,000 asylum seekers this year, six times as many as Norway, reports NTB.