Number of refugees registered in Germany up in 2018: Destatis

Around 1.3 million persons seeking protection received humanitarian residence permit and thus recognized protection status in Germany in 2018, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Thursday.

This was 129,000 more than in the previous year. More than half a million people with recognized protection status in Germany had come from Syria, Destatis noted.

A further 138,000 people arriving from Iraq and 131,000 from Afghanistan were registered as refugees in Germany.

According to Destatis, a total of just under 1.8 million people seeking protection were registered in Germany at the end of 2018, a six percent increase year-on-year.

The increase was unchanged from the previous year, according to Destatis, and seemed to “have stabilized at a lower level compared with the extraordinary high rates of growth between 2014 and 2016.”

The majority of those seeking protection had first entered Germany at the beginning of 2014.

At the beginning of June, the German Parliament approved several laws to amend the asylum process in the country, which tightened rules on deportation and reduced the allowance provided to asylum seekers who were legally resident in Germany.

The new laws would also allow people from outside the European Union to attend vocational training to be able to stay in Germany for up to six months to find a job.