The deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria, combined with the increasingly unstable situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, has led to a substantial growth in the number of asylum-seekers in Bulgaria. In 2013 the number of people who have sought asylum in the country rose drastically to 7144 (a five-fold increase compared to 2012 when only 1387 applications were filed). The asylum seekers were (and still are) predominantly Syrians or Stateless from Syria – with more that 25% being minors. In 2013, the State Agency for Refugees (SAR) granted a total of 2462 refugee or humanitarian status compared to only 177 positive status decisions in 2012.