Germany Sees 1.1M Migraints in 2015

Germany Sees 1.1M Migraints in 2015

BERLIN (AP) -- Nearly 1.1 million people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany last year, more than 400,000 of them from Syria, the government said Wednesday.

The Interior Ministry said that 1,091,894 people in total were registered between January and December. Syrians were by far the biggest single group, accounting for 428,468 people.

They were followed by Afghans, 154,046 of whom were registered, and 121,662 Iraqis.

Germany has seen more refugees and other migrants arrive than any other European country. In the early part of 2015, that included large numbers of people from Balkan countries who have very little chance of winning asylum. The fourth- and fifth-biggest sources of asylum-seekers last year were Albania and Kosovo.

The influx was slower in December than in the previous months, with 127,320 people arriving — down from 206,101 in November.

Actual asylum applications have lagged behind arrivals. The government said that 476,649 people formally applied last year — the highest number on record and more than double the previous year's figure of 202,834.

(KA)