In October 2023, more people applied for asylum in Germany than at any time since September 2016. Most applicants come from Syria, Turkey and Afghanistan.
The number of new asylum seekers in Germany reached 31,887 in October this year, the highest level since 2016. The last time the number of initial applications was higher was in September, at more than 70,000, as a spokesman for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) said on Wednesday in Nuremberg.
So far in 2023, 267,384 initial applications for asylum have been received. This means that 2023 will also be the year with the most asylum applications since the record year of 2016. At that time, 722,370 initial applications for asylum were made.
Majority of asylum applications come from people from Syria
According to the Federal Office’s statistics, most applicants for asylum in 2023 so far came from Syria with 83,336, followed by Turkey with 45,086 and Afghanistan with 43,958.
Most refugees come to Germany from these countries
The domestic policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Alexander Throm, criticized: “This massive migration crisis was foreseeable for a long time, and yet the traffic lights never took countermeasures.” The development will most likely continue next year, “since the Federal Chancellor’s decisions will not change anything,” said the CDU politician.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had worked out a compromise with the prime ministers of the federal states that, among other things, aimed to reduce the incentives for asylum seekers. When financing the costs, the federal government will in future pay a flat rate of 7,500 euros per asylum seeker per year, no longer the total amount of currently 3.7 billion euros.
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