Asylum seeker numbers in Germany fall by 18pc

9th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 January 2006, BERLIN - The number of people seeking asylum in Germany fell to its lowest level in 22 years in 2005, officials told Deutsche- Press-Agentur Sunday.

9 January 2006

BERLIN - The number of people seeking asylum in Germany fell to its lowest level in 22 years in 2005, officials told Deutsche- Press-Agentur Sunday.

Information from the Ministry of the Interior showed that only 28,914 refugees requested asylum in Germany last year, which was 18.8 per cent less than 2004. It was also the lowest level since 1983.

At the same time, the chances of gaining asylum in Germany last year also remained relatively remote. Only 0.9 per cent of requests for asylum were granted.

The downward trend in asylum seekers follows reform of Germany's asylum laws in 1993.

In addition to legislative measures and steps to shorten the processing time for asylum applications, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble also believes that increased European cooperation against asylum abuse has contributed to the numbers drop.

Schaeuble wants to move to strengthen the obligation of those not entitled to remain in Germany to leave the country.

Data produced by Schaeuble's ministry showed the number of asylum- seekers declining each month in 2005 compared to 2004.

That said, however, the war in Iraq resulted in a 53.4 per cent jump in applications for asylum from people seeking to escape the country. Last year, 1983 Iraqis applied for asylum.

Asylum applications from Serbia and Montenegro rose by 43.2 per cent to 5522.

But in seven out of ten main countries generating asylum seekers, China, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, the numbers of asylum-seekers fell.

DPA

Subject: German news

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