This is a prime example of how statistics can be massaged.
"Figure 8 provides an analysis of the outcome of first instance decisions. Though refugee and subsidiary protection status are defined by EU law, humanitarian reasons are specific to national legislation and are not applicable in some of the EU Member States.
In 2016, three fifths (61 %)  of EU-28 first instance asylum decisions resulted in positive outcomes, that is grants of refugee or subsidiary protection status, or an authorisation to stay for humanitarian reasons (see Figure 8). For first instance decisions, some 54 % of all positive decisions in the EU-28 in 2016 resulted in grants of refugee status"
So basically 54% of 61% (that's 33%) of applicants were granted official refugee status under the UN convention. Another 28% were granted subsidiary protection status or leave to stay on humanitarian grounds. Looking at Figure 8 (link) shows that some governments are a lot more generous with those than others, probably based on political agendas.
The language of the UN charter of refugees is pretty clear, but 67% of applicants don't meet those requirements. Each country has different criteria for allowing some of the others to stay, I for one would want to carefully examine what these criteria are if I were a citizen of one of these countries.