Austria sees half as many asylum-seekers

Austria’s Interior Ministry says authorities have received 14,627 requests for asylum up to July of this year, only just over half as many as in the same period in 2016, told Associated Press.

It said Thursday that 2,137 Syrians asked for asylum last month, making them the largest group to do so.

Afghan nationals comprised the second-largest group with 301 requests.

Of asylum requests pending, in some cases for several years, 12,897 have been granted this year and 8,263 rejected, while various forms of humanitarian temporary residence permits were issued to 5,084 people.