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Refugees Entering Germany Saw Drastic Drop in 2016

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany’s refugee crisis is far from over, but after new figures were released on Wednesday that showed a significant falloff in 2016, the country may be able to shift more attention to those still in the country instead of focusing on efforts to welcome new ones in.

After 2015’s massive number of 890,000 refugees crossing into Germany, the Interior Ministry was happy to report that 2016 only saw 280,000, and much of the drop has been credited to the migrant deal between the EU and Turkey which saw the close of the popular Balkan route.

One number that saw a rise however were the number of refugees that filed formal asylum applications, which came in around 750,000 versus 2015’s 480,000. Such a rise was expected as refugees arriving in Germany must wait months before they are eligible to file asylum application. With the drastic drop of refugees entering, this number will surely drop in the coming months as well.

Sources: Reuters

Photo: Beatrice Arscott/DFID

Stephen Fuchs
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