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The number of asylum applications in Europe has risen again

The number of asylum applications in the EU increased significantly in July. The 62 900 asylum applications for the month represented an increase of 26 percent compared to June, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reported. Also, compared to July 2018 (59 375), the numbers have risen.

Published: September 19, 2019, 10:49 am

    Since the beginning of the year, 400 500 people have applied for asylum in the EU, Switzerland or Norway. This is eleven percent more than in the same period of the previous year. A quarter of the applications come from Syrian, Afghan and Venezuelan citizens.

    Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Colombia, Iran, Nigeria and Albania are among the top 10 most frequent countries of origin. Figures from the European statistics agency Eurostat from 2018 show that Germany is still the main destination of asylum seekers.

    The number of migrants worldwide has risen by about 25 percent since the beginning of the decade. The United Nations announced on Tuesday, that their numbers have increased by 51 million since 2010 to 272 million. Most of them (82 million) live in Europe and North America (59 million), followed by North Africa and West Asia at around 49 million.

    Among the individual states, the USA had the largest number of migrants in 2019 (50,2 million). This was followed by Germany and Saudi Arabia, each with 13,1 million and Russia with 11,6 million migrants.

    By comparison, in 1990, Germany still ranked 6th with around six million migrants behind the USA, Russia, India, Ukraine and Pakistan.

    India leads with 17,5 million emigrants in the main countries of origin. Mexico ranks second with 11,8 million, followed by China with 10,7 million and Russia with 10,5 million emigrants.

    The average age also shows a marked difference compared to the total population. For example, while 25- to 29-year-olds make up 7,8 percent worldwide, the proportion of migrants in this age group is 9,8 percent.

    The difference is even more pronounced in the age group of 30- to 34-year-olds. Their share is also at 7,8 percent worldwide, but among migrants at 10,8 percent.

    And while Germany continues to welcome foreigners, more than 70 percent of suspected violent criminals in Hamburg’s St. Georg district, are foreigners. Their share of suspects rose from 67 percent in 2017 to 71,3 percent in the first half of 2019, as shown by the Senate’s response to a request from the AfD.

    Police reported a year-on-year increase of 641 cases of serious and deadly injuries. In 2017, the number was 544 cases. Even simple injuries increased slightly during the same period, from 1 142 to 1 197. The proportion of suspects with a migration background is however not included in the statistics. They are listed as “German offenders”.

    The chairman of the AfD faction in the Hamburg Parliament, Dirk Nockemann, has called for consequences. “The red-green senate must finally act. Delinquent aliens should be deported immediately to make Hamburg safer.” It is obvious that multiculturalism is serving as a forerunner of a society which tolerates violence.

    St. Georg and St. Pauli are regarded as crime centers in the Hanseatic city. The St. Georg district has a foreigner share of 23,3 percent.


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