Number of asylum seekers in 2018: the upper limit will not be reached.

The upper limit for asylum seekers agreed in the coalition agreement will not be reached by a significant margin in 2018. Meanwhile, the federal states want to cut benefits.

Accommodation for refugees on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin Photo: dpa

The upper limit for refugees envisaged in the coalition agreement will apparently not be reached in 2018. By the end of this year, there will probably be 166,000 asylum applications, according to the federal government’s immigration calculation for 2018, quoted by Bild am Sonntag. The total number of refugees thus remains below the range of 180,000 to 220,000 annually agreed in the coalition agreement between the CDU/CSU and SPD for the next few years, it said.

Among the migrants, he said, are also about 30,000 children under the age of one born in Germany. Like their parents, they are registered as first-time asylum applicants. According to the newspaper report, the government statistics also show that 38,500 people will receive visas for Germany by the end of the year as part of family reunification.

4,600 refugees had been admitted for humanitarian reasons. 26,500 refugees had left Germany because they had not been granted asylum or had applied for it in another EU country. 18,500 had returned home voluntarily.

Meanwhile, the German states want to cut social benefits for asylum seekers who are already registered in another European country. According to a report in Welt am Sonntag, the 16 state premiers are calling on the federal government to expand the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act so that "Dublin cases will only receive reduced benefits." The resolution had been sent to the federal government after the December conference of the heads of the states.

30,000 takeover requests

The cuts could affect about a third of asylum seekers coming to Germany, the newspaper reports. In the first half of 2018, there had been around 77,000 asylum applications and around 30,000 takeover requests. In the case of these migrants, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) had come to the conclusion that another Dublin state was responsible for the asylum procedure and had asked the respective country to take the migrants back.

Around 21,000 times, the requested states had given their consent because they shared the assessment of the German side. However, only 4,922 of these Dublin cases were actually transferred, according to a response from the federal government to a question from the Left Party. In previous years, the success rate had been even lower.

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