Turkish asylum applications to Germany increased by 25 percent: Report
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer released the government’s migration report in Berlin on Jan. 23.
This figure was recorded as 8,483 in 2017, the report said, basing the figures on the German Interior Ministry data released on Jan. 23.
German government figures show that a total of 185,853 asylum applications were lodged in 2018 — a 16 percent drop from the previous year. Of those claims, around 161,931 came from first-time applicants, while just under 24,000 were follow-up requests.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who presented the asylum data along with the government’s 2016-2017 migration report in Berlin, said a “steady decline” over the past two years indicated policy measures to restrict migration were working.
The fall in applications was due to stricter border controls but also international agreements such as a pact with Turkey to limit refugee flows into the European Union, he added.
Syrians remained by far the largest group of applicants with 46,000, followed by Iraqis and Afghans, who numbered 18,000 and 12,000 respectively.
Turkish nationals came sixth on the list with 10,655 applicants after Iran and Nigeria respectively.