BERLIN ( Associated Press) – More than 244,000 people applied for asylum in Germany last year and more than 1 million Ukrainian refugees came to the country seeking refuge from the war following the Russian invasion, the government said Wednesday.
The first country of origin of the asylum seekers was Syria, followed by Afghanistan, Turkey and Iraq. Ukrainian refugees do not need to apply for asylum, as they receive temporary residence status immediately.
Last year the number of asylum seekers increased by 27.9% compared to 2021. Especially during the last three months of 2022, numbers increased as asylum seekers tried to reach Germany via the Balkan route.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “war of aggression against Ukraine” has “triggered the largest movement of flights into Europe since World War II,” with German Interior Minister Nancy Feiser accusing Germans of welcoming and overwhelmingly supporting Ukrainian refugees. thanked for
“At the same time, people are fleeing war and terror in other parts of the world, as reflected in the significant increase in the number of asylum applications filed in 2022,” Feser said.
He said the German government is trying to integrate those who arrive in Germany faster than in the past, offering German classes right away, among other measures. The government is also trying to speed up the deportation of people whose asylum claims have been rejected.