Statistical time series that could change the European Union. Numbers of asylum applicants registered by the top EU receiving countries in 2015 (incl. Jan. 2016): Germany, Hungary and Sweden:
"Refugees are foreign persons granted refugee status either at the time of admission or before admission. This category therefore includes foreign persons granted refugee status while abroad and entering to be resettled in the receiving country as well as persons granted refugee status on a group basis upon arrival in the receiving country ports." OECD, Paris
"Asylum is a form of international protection given by a state on its territory. It is granted to a person who is unable to seek protection in his / her country of citizenship and / or residence, in particular for fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion." Eurostat, Luxembourg
E.g. Eurostat: the statistics are based on administrative sources and are supplied to Eurostat by statistical authorities, home office ministries / ministries of the interior or related immigration agencies in the EU Member States.
For most European countries Euostat provides the latest numbers of asylum applicants on a monthy basis (availability of last month's data: two weeks), e.g.:
Statistics referring to the worldwide flows of refugees are also provided by the World Bank:
Monitor recent developments of numbers of refugees from approx. 90 countries of origin who sought asylum in the European countries.