Over 220,000 refugees enter Germany so far in 2016

German interior minister says refugee numbers decreasing compared to 2015

Over 220,000 refugees enter Germany so far in 2016

World Bulletin / News Desk

A total of 222,264 refugees have entered Germany in the first half of 2016, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Maiziere told reporters in Berlin that while 1.1 million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015, the number decreased in 2016.

About 91,000 refugees entered Germany in January, while the number decreased to about 19,000 in June, according to the minister.

He said mostly Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Russian refugees arrived in the country.

Austria and Germany witnessed last year their biggest refugee crisis in decades, as hundreds of thousands of refugees, mostly from conflict regions in the Middle East and Africa, arrived to these countries.

Many refugees used Austria as a transit country to reach Germany, which accepted nearly 1.1 million refugees in 2015. 

Last Mod: 08 Temmuz 2016, 16:09
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