More than 2,400 Libyans applied for asylum in European countries last year, according to the latest report released by the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA).

The agency said it received 2,450 applications from Libyan nationals in 2022, compared to 2,071 in 2021.

Figures from the EUAA data show that only 1017 Libyan applications were given asylum in 2022.

With more than 22,000 applications, Moroccans were the largest Maghreb group to have applied for asylum in Europe last year.

They were closely followed by Tunisians, with 21,447 requests, and Algerians in third place, with 9,765 applications.

Mauritania, with 2,035 requests, was the fifth largest group after Libya.

In general, the agency said it received some 966,000 applications in 2022, with an increase of 50% from 2021 levels.

Syrians applied for asylum in record numbers last year, recording 130,000 requests, as did Afghans with 129,000 requests.

The agency said the increase in the number of asylum applications in 2022 was due in part to a relaxation of COVID-19 measures, as well as growing economic insecurity and conflict around the world.

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