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Germany: More than 244,000 asylum applications in 2022


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Most of the applicants were originally from Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey and Iraq.

The number of people seeking asylum in Germany in 2022 rose by 27.9% year-on-year and was the highest in any year since 2016, according to annual data released on Wednesday by the Federal Office for Migration and Asylum (BAMF). ).

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Of the total of more than 244,000 applications submitted, 217,774 concerned people who sought international protection in Germany for the first time; this number increased by 47% year-on-year. Most of the applicants were originally from Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey and Iraq.

Always according to the BAMF figures, 24,791 of the applications submitted for the first time to the German authorities concerned children under one year old born in Germany.

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The more than 1 million refugees from the war in Ukraine that Germany took in between late February and December did not need to apply for asylum; they were immediately offered temporary international protection under an EU directive.

Ukrainian citizens made up eight out of 10 of those granted international protection in Germany last year, amid Europe’s biggest wave of refugees since World War II. Most of them were women and children.

In 2016, asylum applications reached an all-time high, with 722,370 being lodged for the first time.

In the years that followed, their numbers steadily decreased. “We have taken many measures to manage and regulate immigration in Germany,” Interior Minister Nancy Fesser summarized during a press conference.

The increase in applications in 2021 was partly attributed to the lifting of severe travel restrictions imposed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020.


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