Asylanträge erreichen neuen Höchststand: 190.000 Anträge im letzten Jahr

12 Jan. 2022 18:49 Uhr

After the borders were reopened and the Taliban came to power, the number of asylum applications in Germany rose. The Syrians still make up the largest group of those seeking protection. A new high has been reached since 2017.

“Pushbacks” was chosen as the bad word of the year 2021. This means pushing refugees back from the destination or transit country across a border. The extent to which this approach by border guards is illegal remains a matter of dispute. In the course of the border closings caused by the pandemic, the number of asylum seekers fell in 2020. With the opening of the borders, however, there was a sudden increase.

After 122,000 asylum applications in 2020, the number rose to 190,800, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf). This included a new record of initial applications (148,000). Of these, 17.5 percent were children born in Germany under one year of age.

When the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, the number of people from the country seeking protection in Germany rose to 31,000. Syrians remained the largest group with 70,000 applications.

The number of illegal border crossings into the EU was 200,000 last year. According to Frontex, these increased by 57 percent compared to 2020 and by 36 percent compared to 2019. The most common escape routes were the central Mediterranean and the Western Balkans.

A third of those seeking protection arrived in Italy and Malta alone. The media focused particularly on illegal border crossings on the border with Belarus. Brussels accuses Minsk of trying to smuggle people into the EU. The number of registered border crossings was 7,915.

The Federal Office has yet to make a decision on over 190,800 applications.

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