According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the number of first applications between January and November was 133 324 asylum applications. This was 18 620 less (minus 12,3 percent) than in the same period last year, said the Federal Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
Around 22 percent of the initial applications (29 325) were made for children born in Germany whose parents had already arrived as asylum seekers or refugees. For the month of November, the number of asylum applications was 10 263. That was 15,3 percent less than in November 2018.
The main country of origin was Syria with 2 679 applications, followed by Iraq and Turkey with 957 and 778 applications, respectively. Syria also came first with 36 365 asylum seekers for the entire year to date. From Iraq, there have been 12 835 asylum seekers and 10 240 from Turkey.
With the latest asylum numbers, the total of all initial applications since 2015, according to the statistics of the Federal Office amounts to 1,66 million. That means there are applicants than the number of inhabitants in the country’s third largest city, Munich, with a population of 1,56 million.
Moreover, the more than 1,6 million applications do not include those migrants who came to Germany via family reunification or are the country illegally.
Also on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry announced that it would assist Greece in housing up to 10 000 refugees. In recent days, Germany has sent 55 trucks of aid worth 1,56 million euros to Athens, including beds, blankets and mattresses.
Greece made a major contribution in coping with migration to the EU, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) said in praise of Greece. “We must not leave the border states alone, but must support where help is needed.”