Germany asylum applications falls below 100,000

Germany received 168,000 new asylum applications in 2017, and  already decided on two-thirds of these new cases.

The number of pending asylum applications has fallen back to below 100,000, for the first time since January 2014, thus showing the constant reduction in the number of pending applications.  Most cases are decided within two months, so that applicants are entitled to remain in Germany or not.

“We have decided on about 515,000 asylum applications this year, so that we have given many people who were seeking asylum certainty as to whether they are entitled to remain in Germany or not. This means that we are working rapidly. Applicants who filed their applications in 2017 are receiving their notices within an average of two months”, explained the President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Jutta Cordt.

The number of applications was at peak of 579,314 in September 2016. There are a total of 99,334 cases pending with the Federal Office at the moment.

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