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Migration policy: number of asylum applications significantly lower in 2018

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has announced the number of asylum applications for the past year. In 2018, there were 161,931 initial applications for asylum. Together with the follow-up applications amounting to 23,922 follow-up applications, the figure adds up to 185,853 formal asylum applications. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, this represents a decline of a good 16 percent compared to the previous year. Immigration was thus significantly lower than in the
Coalition agreement agreed corridor for immigration from 180,000 to 220,000 people per year.

Seehofer sees himself confirmed in his previous refugee policy. "These figures show that our measures to control and limit the refugee move have a very positive effect," said the Minister of the Interior in Berlin, where, together with the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), Hans-Eckhard Sommer, who announced the figures together with the migration report for 2016/2017. The CSU politician still sees a need for action: "We still need an ordering, controlling and limiting refugee policy," said Seehofer.

Seehofer described it as "particularly remarkable" that almost every fifth asylum seeker was born in Germany. What's up
The first glance sounds paradoxical, has a simple reason: According to Federal Interior Ministry were last year around
19.9 percent of all asylum applications for children born in Germany
who have not yet celebrated their first birthday.

"High immigration mastered"

The figures presented by Seehofer and Sommer illustrate that the number of refugees is constantly falling. In 2015, the Federal Ministry of the Interior registered a total of 890,000 asylum-seeking people, especially from Syria, Iraq and Iran, at the height of the refugee move. Meanwhile, the federal government assumes "that Germany the
high immigration of those seeking protection ", as she writes in her migration report for 2016 and 2017.

The report takes up the immigration figures published last autumn by the Federal Statistical Office, according to which around 416,000 more people moved to Germany in 2017 than moved away. Net immigration declined.

According to the figures, around 67 percent of all arrived in 2017
Immigrants from a European country, especially from Romania and Poland. 53.4 percent of the immigrants come from one
EU Member State, 15.4 percent from Asia, 4.3 percent
from Africa and 5.3 percent from America, Australia, Oceania. Similar
It looked at the progressions.

The migration report analyzes the immigration to Germany and gives
Detailed information about immigration and emigration from EU countries, the
Qualification, age and gender of newcomers.
Actually, the report is adopted annually by the Cabinet and
presented. However, in 2016 this procedure was suspended once
Service. Background were according to government technical innovations in the
Compilation of population statistics, which is why the migration report
for that year could not be written in time.


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