A total of 190,816 applications for international protection in Germany were filed during last year, marking a 15 per cent increase (24,878 more applications), compared to 2019 figures, before the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Such figures have been provided by the Federal Office for Migration in Germany, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The Office has stressed that as a result of the restrictions imposed by governments of worldwide countries in order to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, the comparison with the figures of asylum applications from 2020 is not representative.
“In 2021, there were 68,646 more asylum applications (56.2 per cent) than in the previous year (the year 2020: 122,170 asylum applications). The main citizenships were Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq,” the statement published by the Office for Migration and Refugees reads.
The same report shows that in 2021, a total of 190,816 applications for international protection were submitted. Of them, 148,233 were first-time applications, and 42,583 follow up applications.
Such figures show that there has been recorded a 56 per cent increase compared to 2020 figures, or 68,646 more requests for international protection. In 2020 a total of 122,170 applications. Of them, 102,581 were first-time requests and 19,589 follow-up requests.
“25,879 of the initial applications in 2021 concerned children born in Germany under the age of one year,” the statement reads.
According to the report, citizens from the following countries accounted for the most significant number of applications filed for international protection in Germany during last year.
Citizens of Syria applied the most for international protection in Germany during last year. A total of 70,162 requests for asylum were filed by Syrians during last year. Of them, 54,903 were initial applications, while 15,259 were follow up applications.
A total of 31,721 asylum requests were filed by citizens of Afghanistan last year, of which 23,276 were first-time applications and 8,445 follow-up requests.
According to the Office, 15,604 first-time applications for international protection in Germany were filed by citizens of Iraq during last year, while 1,268 were follow-up applications, which means that a total of 16,872 applications for international protection were filed by citizens of Iraq.
The report also showed that 7,873 applications were filed by citizens of Turkey. Of them, 7,067 were first time applications, while 806 were follow-up applications.
Recently authorities in Germany revealed that over 11,00 illegal immigrants attempted to enter the country in 2021, while many used Poland as a transit country.