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The number of applications for asylums in industrialized countries rapidly increased in 2011. This information was published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. As informs, in the EU countries 327 thousand applications for asylum were received. That number increased by 19 per cent in a year.

France is the second country after the USA receiving people who seek asylum. France received 51,900 new applications in 2011. That number is increasing for the 4th year in a row.

Most applications for asylums in France come from people in the Russian Federation (4,000 in 2011), followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (3,800 applications) and Armenia (3,600 applications – that number doubled in a year).

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