155 refugees applied for asylum at the Immigration Office on Monday. 480 other applicants who had also turned up were asked to present at a later date, pointed out Dominique Ernould, the Immigration Office spokesperson, on Monday.
Most of Friday’s applicants were Afghan (97), Syrian (45) or Iraqi (29). 205 people were given a later appointment (Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th) by the end of the day. There are currently approximately 1,000 applications pending.
The 500-people maximum reception capacity was reached once again on Sunday night at the A wing of the WTC III building where asylum seekers can stay before their registration interview at the Immigration Office. 45 people stayed with private citizens thanks to the Red Cross that same night, revealed Red Cross spokesperson.