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Some 707,000 foreigners applied for asylum in the EU in 2017, down from 1.2 million in 2016 and 1.4 million in 2015. Germany received 187,000 asylum applications in 2017. The leading country of origin was Syria, with 98,000 applicants, and there were over 40,000 asylum applications each from Iraqis, Afghanis and Nigerians in 2017.
The EU and Turkey held a summit in March 2018 to extend the March 2016 agreement that returns any migrants arriving on Greek islands without documents back to Turkey. In exchange, the EU is providing E3 billion to aid to migrants in Turkey, including schools for migrant children and housing for migrant families. The EU pledged to provide a second E3 billion.