BERLIN — Germany still ranks first among EU countries in terms of the number of asylum applications, 36% of whom are from Syria, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has revealed.
The number of asylum seekers in Germany from war-torn countries has increased due to Germany’s reception and absorption of refugees from all over the world in huge numbers, with the EASO revealing that Germany still ranks first among EU countries in terms of the number of asylum applications.
According to Welt am Sonntag newspaper, in the first half of this year, 47,231 applications were registered in Germany, 36% from Syria, 18% from Afghanistan, and 6.6% from Iraq.
France came in second, followed by Spain and then Italy, with Hungary, Estonia, and Latvia at the bottom of the list.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had earlier expressed concern about the current immigration situation against the backdrop of an increase in the number of migrants arriving in Germany via the Balkan route. He noted that the German population had always tolerated the refugee situation in the country, which previously saw 200,000 people a year granted asylum. When the numbers continued to increase, however, popular sentiment began to turn. Last year, more than 100,000 migrants applied for asylum in Germany.