Germany reports sharp drop in asylum approvals

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14 March 2005, BERLIN - Germany's tougher laws on asylum kept the number of asylum approvals unusually low in February, coinciding with a further sharp drop in the number of asylum-seekers, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

14 March 2005

BERLIN - Germany's tougher laws on asylum kept the number of asylum approvals unusually low in February, coinciding with a further sharp drop in the number of asylum-seekers, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Only 55 persons in February were officially accepted for asylum, just 1.4 percent of all applications.

The Federal Agency for Migration and Asylum in Nuremberg rejected 2,225 applications, or 57 percent of the total, while the remaining cases were pending a decision.

At the same time, only 2,101 new refugees applied for political asylum in February, a figure down 10.1 percent from January and 30 percent below February 2004 levels, the ministry said.

It said people from Serbia and Montenegro, followed by Turks and Russians, made up most of the political asylum-seekers in February.

DPA

Subject: German news

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