BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) Agency for Asylum said the number of asylum applications in November 2021 was the second-highest in five years, narrowly below the level in September.

About 71,400 applications for international protection were lodged in the "EU+" (EU, plus Norway and Switzerland) in November 2021, up by nine percent from October.

"This was the second-highest level since 2016," it said.