Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015

Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015So far this year Europe’s leading economy has registered 964,574 new asylum seekers, more than four times the number that arrived in 2014.

Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting Europe’s top economy on track for a million arrivals in 2015, official figures have shown.

Some 206,101 migrants entered the country in November alone, a new monthly record, up from a previous high of 181,166 in October, according to the interior ministry.

The number of arrivals for the year so far was more than four times the total for all of 2014 with Germany now the top European destination for people fleeing conflict, repression and misery in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The data did not provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the new arrivals.

In previous months, Syrians topped the figures, with about one in three applications coming from citizens of the war-torn country, for whom Germany has adopted an open-door policy.

But the numbers of people arriving have eased over the past “one to two weeks”, said interior minister Thomas de Maiziere, who said that the harsher winter weather and a crackdown on people smugglers in Turkey was deterring many from making dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean.

Daily arrivals in Germany were now around 2,000-3,000 rather than the previous 8,000-10,000, he said.

“This is not a turning point, but a good development,” he said at a press conference.

The UN refugee agency last week described a similar trend, saying the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe had fallen by more than a third in November.

Via: Guardian
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