In 2017, 225 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in Cyprus (215 in 2016) or 32.4% of all asylum applications received. A 4% of them were 14 years old or less and 64% of the total were males. According to Eurostat, issuing these figures today, 105 came from Syria, or 46%, 85 from Somalia, or 38% and 15 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or 6%.
Meanwhile in 2017, 31 400 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. This was nearly half the number recorded in 2016 (63 200 unaccompanied minors registered) and almost one-third of the peak registered in 2015 (95 200), but over two and a half times higher than the annual average during the period 2008-2013 (around 12 000 per year).