As many as 800,000 asylum applications are expected to be lodged in Germany by the end of the year, according to the German Minister of Interior, Thomas de Maizière. While the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has registered 218,221 applications between January and July 2015, the forecast also takes into account the number of persons arriving in the country. If these numbers are confirmed, Germany would be receiving four times the number of asylum claims it registered in 2014.
The main nationalities of asylum seekers applying in Germany this year are: Syria (44,417), Kosovo (32,935), Albania (29,857), Serbia (18,287), Iraq (11,758) and Afghanistan (10,479).
The increasing rise in applications for international protection in Germany reveals sharper inequalities in the distribution of asylum seekers across the EU in 2015, compared to the previous year. Sweden, which was the second main EU Member State of destination receiving over 81,000 applications in 2014, has registered 37,033 applications between January and July 2015.
Germany allocates responsibility for asylum applications between its 16 federal states on the basis of a distribution key, which designates each state’s relative reception capacity. Out of the 218,221 applications lodged country-wide between January and July 2015, almost 45% were registered in three federal states alone (North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg).
For further information, see:
- BAMF, ‘Up to 800,000 asylum seekers expected’, 19 August 2015, available in German.
- BAMF, Asylum Statistics July 2015, available in German.
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