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In 2018, a fifth of all withdrawals in the EU+ took place in Greece (Figure 11). A considerable number of applications were also withdrawn in Italy (13 % of the total) and Germany (12 %). As was the case in 2017, in Germany, half of all applications were withdrawn explicitly; the proportion was even higher in France (62 %). In contrast, (almost) all withdrawals were implicit in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. This may imply that a high number of applicants might have absconded; some might have moved to another EU+ country before the asylum procedure was concluded.

Withdrawn applications in 2018, by receiving country

Figure 11:  So-called frontline Member States, Greece and Italy, had the most withdrawals,
the majority of which were implicit, which implies high levels of absconding